Your Rights

When gaining a practical understanding of taking part on an online literary community and having your work published, it is important that you also know your rights.

We are proud to uphold the 5Rights Framework at What’s Your Story? 5Rights takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18), and articulates them for the digital world. Signatories to the 5Rights framework believe that young people should be supported to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.

As young people and as writers/illustrators you have a distinct set of rights when you take part in our programme, which are outlined below.

Those of you aged 18 or older do not fall under these rights elsewhere online, but they will be extended to all users of this site – including you.

Looks too complicated? (Or just TL:DR?) For a great explanation of these rights written by young people themselves, visit the 5Rights Framework website here.

The Right to Remove

Every child and young person should have the right to easily edit or delete all content they have created.

You can delete your account with us at any time. Just contact us to request this. This will be done for you as soon as possible. You do not have to explain why you wish to do this, though we may ask you a question or two to confirm that you are the person who holds the account.

You can ask for any work that you have created, which is published in our Magazine  or elsewhere on this website, to be removed at any time. You do not have to explain why you wish to do this. Again, we may ask you a question or two to confirm that you are the person who created the work.

Read More from 5Rights.

The Right to Know

Children and young people have the right to know who is holding or profiting from their information, what their information is being used for and whether it is being copied, sold or traded.

Whenever we ask you for any personal information, we will explain to you why we have asked for it. If the information is not essential to your experience on What’s Your Story? you will have the option not to supply this information.

We will make sure that your rights are written in a way which is clear and understandable to you. That is what this page and our Privacy and Terms and Conditions pages are about. Please let us know if you have any questions about this at any time by using our contact page.

We will never sell or trade your information to any third party. It will only be used to facilitate your experiences with What’s Your Story?

Read More from 5Rights.

The Right to Safety and Support

Children and young people should be confident that they will be protected from illegal practices and supported if confronted by troubling or upsetting scenarios online.

What’s Your Story? has been designed from the beginning to provide a positive and well-monitored online environment for the teen users. As we grow and connect with more young people, our procedures for providing support are likely to change in response to new situations.

Our support page has advice and links to external support agencies who can help if site users are having difficulties with their creative work.

The team at What’s Your Story? takes their responsibilities to the welfare of young people under the age of 18 seriously and operate using Scottish Book Trust’s Young Person and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.

There will be no illegal practices facilitated by What’s Your Story?

Read More from 5Rights.

The Right to Informed and Conscious Use

Children and young people should be empowered to reach into creative places online, but at the same time have the capacity and support to easily disengage.

What’s Your Story? has been designed from the beginning to be a place that you can navigate and leave easily and without any penalties.

We do not use ‘Reward Technologies’ to tempt you to stay on our site, to try and get information or money from you, or to penalise you for leaving our website. It is a place you can visit and explore on your own terms, in your own time.

Read More from 5Rights.

The Right to Digital Literacy

To access the knowledge that the internet can deliver, children and young people need to be taught the skills to use, create and critique digital technologies, and given the tools to negotiate changing social norms.

One of the reasons this website exists is to help you gain experience as a writer or illustrator with an online presence.

What’s Your Story? aims to be a safe and valuable ‘stepping-stone’ experience for teen writers and illustrators that gives a genuine experience of being part of a literary community and contributing to an online magazine, while upholding your right to be young people on the internet and learn, achieve and make mistakes without fear of long-term negative consequences.

Read More from 5Rights.