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What does this mean?
You have the right to privacy.
Your texts, letters and diaries belong to you.
If an adult you trust is worried about your safety, they might read your texts. This is to protect you.
EXAMPLE: Unless you need help, no one should walk into your dressing room or toilet without your permission.
Learn more about this right
- UNCRC, article 16, it’s your right to have a private life.
- There are laws in Ireland that protect your privacy. No one can break into your house as this is your private property.
- There are other laws that say that organisations can’t keep your personal details (name/address/age) stored for a long time as these are private to you.
- Newspapers, TV and radio news can’t name children if they are involved in court cases. This protects your name and your privacy.
- Organisations like the Data Protection Commissioner and Webwise work to help young people know about data and their privacy online.
- Cartoons for Children’s Rights – A short cartoon about children’s right to privacy, made for Unicef’s Cartoons for Children’s Rights initiative
- Data Protection Commissioner– Find out about the work of the Data Protection Commissioner to build awareness of privacy and data protection issues among young people
- Spunout Online Safety Hub – Find out more about how to stay safe online on different social networks