RErights: Global action for young people’s rights in the digital age

This week we are excited to launch RErights — an online platform providing children and young people across the globe with a space to discuss and create content about their rights in the digital age.

Developed by the Young and Well CRC and Western Sydney University, in partnership with Digitally Connected and UNICEF’s Voices of Youth, the content generated through RErights will be presented to the United Nations for consideration in updating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for the digital age – in addition to our report ‘Children’s Rights in the Digital Age’ which contains key recommendations for an update.

Over the next five months until May 2016, young people are invited to join the RErights online community and become an ‘agent for change’ – taking part in a series of ongoing ‘missions’ using text, drawings, photos, videos and other creative practices to earn service medals. These activities have been carefully designed to enable anyone, anywhere, communicating in any of 13 languages, with any kind of internet access, to participate in the project. 

Young and Well CRC Youth Brains Trust member, William Yeung, 21, believes that it is important for young people to be able to contribute their ideas for an updated Convention.

“For young people, the internet is an ubiquitous part of our everyday lives—an integral part of what we do and who we are. In recognition of the web’s impact, it is imperative that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child be updated for the digital age, so that children and young people may be safe and secure in engaging with what has become a cornerstone of our daily lives.

“As digital denizens, there are none more aware of how the internet affects us, and there are none more qualified to determine what our rights should be. As such, I highly encourage all interested young people to checkout, so that we can have our say in what our future should look like.”

Content created by the community will be packaged up into short films, audio or montage pieces for the community to share with all members, to create discussion, and to be used as tools for children themselves to advocate for their rights in the digital age and share with key decision makers in relevant communities. A report will also be produced with the findings of the five-month project.

Visit, share and contribute to the RErights website now –

Do you know young people aged 12 to 18 who would be interested in taking part in this exciting project? Would you be interested in being a co-designer and coming up with activities for the community, or a co-researcher and helping with content analysis? Please forward on and register your own interest in participating via our quick survey.

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