Guides & Fact Sheets
Respecting the Online Rights of Children
and Young People
We want children and young people to embrace the internet to learn, share, collaborate and participate in civic life with free expression. We also need to ensure that when they do so they are kept safe. When it comes to dealing with young people’s personal information it is important to be mindful that the most valuable commodity in the evolving world of technology and digital information is data. More than this, data is inextricably linked to the individual identity of its owner. We therefore have absolute responsibility to ensure that when young people share their data with us, we treat it with the care and respect it warrants.
This series of fact sheets provides some practical tips for organisations and parents on how to ensure data collection practices and policies protect children and young people’s privacy, including how to be mindful of the long-term repercussions of a child or young person’s digital footprint.
What SA Kids Have Told Us About…
In 2020, during the year of COVID-19, SA Commissioner for Children and Young People spoke with hundreds of South Australian kids to find out what they thought were the most important issues of our time. The following fact sheets with accompanying videos present their views and ideas in relation to Civics & Leadership, Learning, Play, Diversity and Inclusion, Environment, and Work with additional topics in the series being added over time.
Designed to inform leaders, decision-makers, researchers, policymakers, educators and parents and guardians, the resources offer insight into what matters the most to young South Australians. They make clear what young people believe our priorities should be, highlighting what they would like adults to focus on fixing for the benefit of future generations, as well as themselves.
View the accompanying short videos for each topic on the CCYP Youtube Channel
Conversations with children and young people living with a disability
It’s clear that given the opportunity, children and young people living with a disability are keen to express their views about what matters to them most. They also wish to express their hopes for the future and where they think change could happen. This collection of comments made by children and young people living with a disability in conversations they have had with the Commissioner includes their views on subjects ranging from community inclusion to accessing independent transport, from having study options to securing future work opportunities.
Many of the most engaged, conscientious and caring mums and dads around, have been shown to be the main culprits of ‘sharenting’ – sharing photos and /or stories about their child without any consideration of the impact this might have on the child’s privacy and agency, either at the time, or when they’re old enough to be on social media themselves. Before any of us post another pic or video of our child or grandchild online let’s learn the simple ‘Click, Pause, Decide, Enjoy’ method to ensure we protect our child or young person’s privacy!
Children and young people have lots of ideas on how to prevent bullying. They would like to get involved in anti-bullying programs and learn skills to build friendships. This collection of fact sheets contains information that children and young people want their parents, teachers and coaches to know about how they believe bullying can be prevented, as well as ways in which they think anti-bullying strategies would be best implemented at home, school, sport and other recreational environments.
Some people love them. Some people hate them. Their desirability has been discussed at length with cost, practicality, and their ability to influence academic performance, traditionally at the centre of these debates.
Smacking and physical punishment
People often have strong opinions about whether smacking is right or wrong, helpful or harmful, or whether parents should even have the right to smack their children. It can be overwhelming for parents when outsiders, including other parents, onlookers, politicians or various experts, weigh into the debate about how they should raise their children.
Reducing the voting age
Some people complain about political campaigns and having to line up at the ballot box to cast their vote in what can feel like an endless cycle of federal and state elections. Yet, for some young Australians, voting is a privilege that remains out of their reach. Around the world, the desire to provide young people with an opportunity to vote is gaining momentum.
Being Healthy Guide
Young people in South Australia want health systems and services to implement plans and strategies that promote inclusion, diversity, kindness and trust. They also want to be engaged directly, and be treated with mutual respect and understanding. They want opportunities to be community leaders themselves and to have a positive impact on the lives of others.