Introduction to ‘kids have your say’ project

Goal: Trigger authentic participation of young people in countries in several regions of the world to inform parents, decision makers, industry… and children and young people worldwide

The internet offers young people invaluable opportunities to access more data, process more information and meet more people than ever before. As their digital footprint expands, they are also open to more risks, including social exploitation in one form or another. This can be exploitation by peers, for example through bullying or the unwanted sharing of images, or online, as in grooming and radicalization  by people they interact with online. Their data, too, can easily become a commodity for marketing and other purposes. The list is long, and growing almost exponentially with the advent of new technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, artificial reality, Internet of Toys and Things and the challenges they encounter in the ever-more-realistic world of online gaming.

Putting young people in the driver’s seat

Young people have the power to change the world, and the internet abounds with examples of ways they are doing this.. We would now like to support teens from around the globe to organise and run their own consultation on the topics they want to discuss, and get opinions of their peers on issues that most matter to them.  

Regional teams of young people will formulate  common set of themes and, in a second step, questions that will be disseminated in their country in their language.

Issues could include social media, identity and privacy, big data, profiled marketing, search engines, fake news and many more, depending on what the young people come up with.

What’s next & some ‘homework’

Click to download poster where kids can enter themes

We’re asking individual teens and groups of teens to fill out the blank areas on this poster with their topics and themes on important issues about how they want improve the internet (and mobile technology). If you are a teacher or youth leader, we’re asking you to organize meetings of teens so that they can do this together — in their own language.

We will soon have a mechanism where you can turn in these cards (or a summary) online and we will compile them into an online survey so that teens can rank their concerns.

These efforts can be timed around two important international events: The UN’s Internet Governance Forum, which takes place in Paris in November and Safer Internet Day, which is celebrated in more than 100 countries in February.

If you have questions, ideas or want to lead a teen group in your area, please contact us.


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