A STIRLING teenager joins a new group to champion young people's rights in a digital world throughout the Year of Young People 2018.

Tristin Nunn, 17, is part of the new Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group, which is supported by the Scottish Government.

It involves 30 young people from across Scotland, who will work to help young people in Stirling and across the country realise their rights in an online world based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Young Scot is the Scottish partner for 5Rights, a UK initiative to enable children and young people to access the digital world creatively, knowledgably and fearlessly.

It aims to promote the five fundamental digital rights of children and young people – the right to remove, the right to know, the right to safety and support, the right to informed and conscious use, and the right to digital literacy.

As part of the programme, Trisitin will raise awareness of the 5Rights Framework, and what this means to young people.

A Year of Young People 2018 celebratory event is planned for later this year.

The Young Scot 5Rights Leadership Group will be recruiting and training other young people as digital rights champions for a pilot programme to run in five Scottish schools.

The 5Rights Youth Leadership group will also be investigating how to establish an award for businesses who respect young peoples’ rights online and will be looking at how young people can better review and manage their digital footprint.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs and Baroness Beeban Kidron, the founder of 5Rights, met with Tristin and other young people from the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group at its official launch at Young Scot HQ.

Tristin said: "This project is a great opportunity to get young people's point of view heard and understood.

"I wanted to be involved as encouraging online safety will be an amazing experience and it drives an idea I really care about."

Ms Hyslop said: "We recognise that young people are the leaders of today and tomorrow.

"The 5Rights agenda places the Youth Leadership Group in an excellent position to help influence future policy development on matters that will affect not only young people but everyone in Scotland."

The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group will build on the findings of a report produced by the 5Rights Youth Commission, which has been working since 2016 to gather insights, ideas and recommendations on how Scotland can become a nation which realises the rights of children and young people in the digital world.

Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder of 5Rights, said: "Scotland has been at the forefront of supporting young people to articulate and enact their digital rights.

"Supported by Young Scot, the 5Rights Commission has put the voices of young people at the heart of government policy. 

"At 5Rights, we are proud to work alongside these creative and knowledgeable young people and we thank them for their commitment to making a digital environment fit for children and childhood."

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “Since we launched the 5Rights campaign in Scotland in 2016, it has achieved incredible results.

"I can’t wait to see what the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group achieve as they find ways to support young people across the country in realising their rights in the digital world.”

For more information on the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, please visit the website.