If you want to know more about sex, relationships and young people's legal rights, go to www.thinkuknow.co.uk. Here you will find simple answers to questions like: What age can young people have sex? What is consent? What is rape? What is sexual assault? What is an indecent image? and more.
If you want to get in touch with any of the politicians who represent you at a local, UK or EU level you can find their details here.
SHARING WHAT YOU DO
You might have noticed that there are very few faces of children and young people on this website. We’ve taken a lot of care to protect the identities of schools and individuals. This is because AGENDA addresses sensitive issues and is publicly available.
Wanting to change things often starts from personal experience, and the desire to share those experiences to a wider audience. There are lots of different ways of communicating experience, especially for those who might not feel confident or safe enough to do so. There are also some good reasons why children and young people’s identities are kept private, from legal reasons to a child’s right to privacy.
Some of the projects in this resource used creative methods to help them raise awareness of sensitive topics without children and young people revealing too much of themselves. Other projects found that their messages were a lot more powerful when they used unusual or creative methods (e.g. Re-assembling the Rules).
For most of the projects, finding ways to create a safe enough environment to share what matters to them was a really important part of their journey.
Why keep children and young people's identity private when sharing their stories on social media (e.g. school's twitter account)?
Keeping children and young people's identity private can help to:
1: communicate personal experiences without revealing too much of themselves;
2: give children and young people more control over when, where and how they want to disclose their identity; and for those children who have to keep their identity private, they are not obviously absent in group photos;
3: protect children and young people from direct contact from online trolls or unwanted media attention more interested in sabotaging rather than supporting their ideas.