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Your rights, your challenge

The Oslo Challenge makes special reference to children and young people and their relationship with the media, and there are several ways to get involved.

• Finding out about the rights of children and young people, and what can be done to make sure that these are fulfilled, is a starting point. Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, for example, children and young people have the right to have their views listened to and taken seriously, in all matters that concern them, and have the right to express themselves freely. The Know Your Rights section on this page provides further information.

• The Challenge calls on children and young people to learn as much about the media as they can to help them in their choice of media and make sure they benefit from the media as much as possible. One way of doing this is through getting involved in making TV and radio programmes, magazines and other media production. The Make Your Way in the Media section on this page provides a starting point.

• The Oslo Challenge also calls on children and young people to share their opinions about the media. The Have Your Say section on this page offers some useful weblinks.

• Throughout this section of the site there are opportunities to send in details of useful websites, news items about children and the media and other information, to share with other children and young people.

Did you know?

...about the 4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents in Rio in April 2004? Check out the Rio Summit website for more info.

Please send us, Did you know?, news stories about children, young people and the media from around the world to feature in this section.

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My Media

Please send us details of your favourite websites, TV & radio programmes, magazines, films, music, books ... for a My Media survey of children and young people we are carrying out. Just fill in this form.

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Know your rights

The following sites give information on what the rights of children and young people are, and how to get involved in making sure children and young people around the world are treated in the way they should be.

• The I Have a Right To website, run by the BBC World Service, outlines the different rights of children and young people. There are also case studies from around the world.

Article 12
This UK children's rights organization is run by under 18-year-olds for under 18-year-olds. It includes a petition to get the United States to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Article 12: The Right to Your Rights
A network of young people that promotes the rights laid out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The site includes an easy-to-understand 'Unplugged' version of the Convention.

Human Rights Watch
This site, which defends human rights around the world, has a special section on children's rights.

Please let us know details of any other websites that deal with the rights of children and young people.

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Have your say

The following websites invite children and young people to get their voices heard.

BBC Newsround
Reports and reviews from young children around the world, plus chats and votes.

BBC World Service
Children in areas of the world affected by conflict tell the stories of their lives; children from more than 25 countries talk about their dreams and hopes in the new millennium, plus more.

Global Movement for children
What the Global Movement for children is, how to get involved, plus Say Yes for children.

Media activists' Internet chat
What 70 young media activists from 17 countries had to say about the media when they chatted online with UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth - www.unicef.org/voy
An online discussion on how the rights of every child should be protected. There's also a section about the media coverage of young people and children.

Please let us know details of any other websites that allow children and young people to have their say.

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Make your way in the media

The following links give examples of media training projects around the world that enable children to get involved in media production. Also search in the MAGICbank under 'Media training', 'Media studies' or other categories. The Links and contacts section of this site has details of useful websites in particular countries.

Children's Express
Children in the United Kingdom are given the opportunity to research and produce articles about subjects that affect them for publication in the media.

Journaliste d'un Jour
Young people in France get the opportunity to be journalists.

Mukto Khobor
Media training for young journalists in Bangladesh.

Newspapers in Education Scheme
The World Association of Newspapers' website has information on the Newspapers in Education scheme, which enables children and young people to produce or contribute to existing newspapers.

Radio Enfant
Training in radio technology and production for children and young people in Canada.

Street-Level Youth Media
This project, based in Chicago, in the United States, has multi-media labs with access to the Internet, video production and editing.

Teen People magazine
This New York-based magazine has a news team made up of high-school and college journalists. Every year, 35 members of the news team are chosen from 1,000 applicants.

Timoun Ak Medya
This project, based in Haiti, offers training for young journalists and builds up a network of child journalists.

Troc - The Young Reporter of Albania
Sixty to seventy young reporters aged 13-18 receive up to six days' video training.

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