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Children and Youth

Child rights are all about what a person 18 and under should have and how they should be treated. Some adults, and even entire countries, are uncomfortable with kids having rights because they think it will make kids disrespectful, demanding, and bossy.

But did you know that children and youth who know about their rights:

  • have more self-esteem
  • are less likely to have other people hurt them or victimize them
  • are more likely to ask for help when they need it
  • will be more respectful of the rights of others (including adults)
  • are more socially responsible
  • are more accepting of diversity
(adapted from “Your Life, Your Rights: A guide to rights of young people in British Columbia”, developed by the Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks

The first thing to do is learn about your rights and responsibilities, talk to someone you trust about your rights, and learn the right person to talk to if you feel like your rights are not being respected.

5 simple things you can do

  1. Learn about your rights
  2. Look out for other kids’ rights
  3. Speak up respectfully, but speak up—refuse to be silent when you see lack of respect for rights
  4. Make a bold anti-bullying poster
  5. Learn about issues facing children and youth in other parts of the world

Why do you think young people often become more responsible when they learn about their rights?

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