YEP from the Youth perspective – Ida

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Day 1 –  Create your digital rights

The first session we participated in was about creating our own digital rights. In this session we were put in groups of three, and were asked to discuss what we wanted to have for digital rights. We got inspiration from the Youth Manifesto. The entire group then talked about the digital rights we created as groups, and each group then presented their ideas. After that we discussed them and chose the ones we thought were the most important. We ended up with nine digital rights that we thought were the most important.

The digital rights are put in the order below of most important to least important:

  1. Education about the internet for everyone
  2. Online privacy
  3. Freedom of speech
  4. The right to be forgotten
  5. Free access to the internet and information
  6. A cyberbullying-free internet
  7. Right to fair terms and conditions
  8. Different settings for children under a specific age (child friendly button on phones, tablets and computers)
  9. A spam-free internet

In this session, I learned the opinions of other youth: what they think can be better about the internet and which digital rights they thought were the most important. When all the youth talked together, I really saw different views on the subject.

When I am home I will make sure to talk about what digital rights we want and how to reach them. I will inform my friends and classmates about the youth manifesto, and make sure people share it.

I saw that there is a lot of information about the internet that can be important for people to know, but that it’s hard to find the information. If information was easier to find, it would help a lot with the campaign for online safety.


Day 2  – Privacy, data protection and online user experience

This session was about privacy, data protection and online user experience.

To start off this session Chris, one of the youth moderators, informed us about the things that happen when we put something online. He told us that the things we put online stay there forever and that it’s stored in the databases of companies.

Then, we were divided up in small groups of three people where we would write the negatives of internet use and then the solutions we think these negativities should have. We then presented our problems and solutions to the whole group.

Chris then showed us a picture of what different companies get access to when you agree to their terms and conditions – including lots of access to our privacy.

During this session, I learned that my phone isn’t so private when I am downloading apps, such as Facebook, and give them access to my pictures. I also learned that even if the terms and conditions are long and difficult, we should read them or be aware of what we are agreeing to. We also learned about a website named Privacy Salon – here, you can find steps on how to protect your data and devices.

My favourite part about this was that it gave me information I didn’t have before – important information about my privacy rights.

I took home to my friends and classmates information about what different types of social media are getting access to when you agree to their terms and conditions. I will be sharing this information with as many people as I can.

Ida, Sweden