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Youth Manifesto proposals: what do youth have to say?

18/08/2014

We invited young people to discuss the 30 shortlisted ideas available for voting to form the Youth Manifesto declaration. Read on to discover what youth have to say regarding a few of the Youth Manifesto proposals...


Parental responsibility: We want our parents to communicate with us and understand our online experiences, creating mutual trust and confidence.

"Worried parents can take an extreme view which limits our online experiences. This blanket form of protecting their children is a very negative way of 'helping'. This could create an environment where teens hesitate before going online for fear of making a mistake and losing their internet privileges. I think this is wrong.
 
"Teens should be encouraged to make mistakes in my opinion. We should make many mistakes and learn from them. We need confidence to be able to explore the internet with our full potential, and not live in fear of making a mistake and getting punished.
 
"We also don't seem to understand that trust should be earned, and not just expected. We need to learn to explain to our parents what we are doing and why, and show them that what we do online is a positive learning experience.”
Matthew, Youth Ambassador 
 
Accessibility: The internet should be more accessible for all.
“One of the points raised through the national debates of the Youth Manifesto was that there should be more investment and cooperation between industry and governments. This way, more effort can be put into getting everyone connected, creating more networks, and thus helping to ensure equality of access. This global equality in opportunities to access quality infrastructures should be followed by digital and information literacy policies, giving people the chance to learn how to explore all of the potential the World Wide Web has to offer.
 
“The bottom line is that the internet can only grow from proper foundations which allow everyone to be part of it on an equal basis: things are already available online, we just need to look for them. At the present time, only a quarter of the entire population can use the internet. Let’s make it more than that!”
João, Youth Ambassador

URL:http://www.youthmanifesto.eu/youth-manifesto-proposals

Editor: Carlinda Lopes

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