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Nursing student goes digital

A second year nursing student at the University of Edinburgh, Rachael Ford, has spent the last few months working with Young Scot, a national youth charity in Scotland, as part of a Young Leadership Group to develop 5Rights #5Rights for young people in a digital world: From tackling fake news to protecting personal information or dealing with abusive behaviour, young people are at risk in online environments such as social media. The Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group is a diverse group of 30 young people from across Scotland, aged 11 to 19, who champion their rights in the digital world. Rachael has been working as part of this group to explore how young people can keep safe online and have made recommendations to Scottish Government about how to promote and protect young people’s rights in the digital world:


I imagine that the digital world in the 22nd century will be advanced, brilliant and safe for all children to use effectively and creatively. Rachel Ford


During her nursing studies, Rachael worked on co-designing an app, called Diddo:, to help young people stay safe online. She was also involved in launching this new digital solution at the CivTech Demo Day 3.0: at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 6th February 2019 and got an opportunity to pitch it to MSP Derek Mackay! Rachael is continuing her work on digital rights for young people and hopes to incorporate this into her future nursing career as the NHS continues to go digital.


Written by Nursing Studies Lecturer Siobhan O’Connor




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