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What's it like for young people to 'grow up digital'?
Aug. 31, 2016
BY EMMA FERGUSON
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The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, stands up for the things that matter to children and young people. She asks young people what they think would improve their lives, helps them to connect with decision makers and make a change for themselves and others.

The web, social media and smartphones create lots of fantastic opportunities for young people to learn, get creative and share their views. However, being online also brings some risks and always being connected can create new pressures on young people.

The Commissioner has set up a special ‘Growing Up Digital’ taskforce that is looking at how digital technology impacts on children’s lives and how their rights are protected online. The Commissioner aims to improve the web for young people by helping to boost digital literacy, provide better legal support and championing new online rights linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Everything the Children’s Commissioner’s Office does is powered by the views and ideas of young people. Getting children and young people’s input is essential to the success of the digital taskforce. In the first phase the Commissioner will be using U-Report UK to ask young people about their experiences of using smartphones and social media. The information provided through U-Report will directly influence the taskforce’s work and help shape new resources that will be launched in 2017.

By joining U-Report, young people will be able to tell policy makers what it is like to grow up in a digital world and together we can create better support for all young people.

Find out more about the Children’s Commissioner and her work to promote and protect children’s rights.


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