Digital citizenship: Young peoples' rights on social media

Spark discussion about online rights on social media using these simplified T&Cs for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and YouTube and accompanying teaching ideas

Sian Evans

Young Person Taking Selfie Demonstrating Rights On Social Media

Challenge your classes to get to grips with their rights on social media and become more empowered digital citizens

Social media is undeniably a significant part of young peoples’ lives, whether they use it as a source of information or as a place to connect with others around the globe. But, when they fill in their details and join a new platform, do they actually know what they are signing up to? As adults are notoriously bad at reading the terms and conditions, can we really expect young people to be trawling though jargon-filled fine print?

That’s where we step in. Borne of out this idea, the Children’s Commissioner and specialist lawyers at Schillings have worked together to create student-friendly versions of the terms and conditions of five major social media sites, available exclusively on Tes.

In the words of Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, "many teachers have told me that they would like more support to navigate these terms and conditions with their pupils and to teach them more about their rights online. This partnership will ensure that primary and secondary school pupils have the resilience, information and power to be more informed digital citizens who can make the most of the fantastic opportunities that social media and the internet have to offer.”

What can you find on Tes?

To help the budding digital citizens in your classroom feel confident and empowered online, we've created teaching packs for three different age groups, 7-11, 11-14 and 14-16, designed to tackle the unruly world of social media T&Cs. Along with the easy-to-read terms and conditions for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and YouTube, students can discover, dissect and debate the contracts that users are making when they sign up to social media sites. So, what are you waiting for? Let the discussions begin...