UNICEF Rangatahi Code of Conduct and Quality Agreement

Code of Conduct for our UNICEF Rangatahi community

Last updated on 09/11/2020

Quality Agreement

If you have something to say, say it!

UNICEF Rangatahi is a platform that publishes blog posts that are submitted from a wide variety of young people from, predominately, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Anybody is invited and encouraged to create content and share it with the UNICEF Rangatahi community.

We welcome:

  • any topic (social, economic, political, recreational…)
  • any format (articles, videos, reviews, stories, interviews, poems…)

There is no limit to your creativity

To maintain a certain quality standard for our readers, UNICEF Rangatahi will only publish content that meet the following quality requirements:

  1. Your posts are original, just like yourself! It doesn’t matter whether it is a serious issue or a fun issue, a global issue or a local issue, make sure to express your personal thoughts. Your post is about your perspective on something. When submitting content to us, make sure that it was written/ designed by you.

  2. Your post is clear Make sure that your post not only makes sense to you, but also to others. This means that sometimes you’ll have to explain details that may seem obvious to you.

  3. Your post uses proper referencing If you mention facts or numbers, indicate the source on the image or in the caption. Make sure that your sources are reputable and credible!

  4. Spelling & grammar matters! We know that you might not be writing in your first language when you submit to us. That’s okay, but it is important that your post is readable and can be understood by others. Always doublecheck before submitting a post! We accept content in English and Te Reo Maori.

  5. Have the rights to your image! When selecting images for your post, only use images that you have the right to use! Photos that you shot yourself belong to you, so you can use them without hesitation. If you use images from the internet, make sure that you have the permission to use them and credit the owner.

  6. Young people rock! While the definition of youth varies around the world, content from contributors aged between 13 and 24 will be prioritized.

Please note that we reserve the right to make edits to your submissions before publishing.

The UNICEF Rangatahi editorial board may have to pass on some material and cannot reply to all submissions. If you do not hear from the editorial board within 10 business days, please assume that UNICEF Rangatahi will not be able to publish your post.

Code of Conduct

UNICEF Rangatahi is a community that is open to and welcomes young people from around the world. UNICEF Rangatahi is in line with the main principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Due to the diversity of our user base, UNICEF Rangatahi aims to create an environment where any young person feels comfortable, no matter their nationality, gender, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation or political conviction.

The UNICEF Rangatahi core values are positivity, openness, respect, inclusiveness, dialogue, collaboration and constructiveness. UNICEF Rangatahi encourages the expression by young people on a wide variety topics, and recognizes that politics and policy are an important part of the global conversation.

We believe that attacks, insults, and political polemics do not foster tolerance or support an inclusive community of ideas. Opinion-based attacks and pointed arguments against individuals, institutions, governments, and political or religious affiliations may represent personal beliefs, but they are not in line with our core values.

Accordingly, UNICEF Rangatahi is not intended for partisan politics, nor for extremist or inflammatory positions. Contributors should not make allegations against, advocate for, nor belittle or insult parties, party platforms and political leaders. Additionally, many countries have specific restrictions for political content, and you're responsible for complying with them.

Any user who engages on UNICEF Rangatahi - be it through posts or comments - is expected to respect the following:

  • Your content is not self-promotional or primarily intended for fundraising purposes.
  • Your content does not promote harmful behaviours or practices.
  • Your content does not put your safety at risk.
  • Your content is not discriminatory, racist, xenophobic, sexist, profane or propagating violence.
  • Your content is not defamatory, malicious, abusive, accusatory or inciting against an individual, group, government, country, religion or sect.
  • Your content does not make generalizations about an entire group, government, country, religion or sect.
  • Your content does not make allegations against an individual, group, government, country, religion or sect.
  • If you are asserting information that is already in the public domain please do so accurately.
  • Any mention of facts, events, situations, practices or statistics need to be backed by reputable and credible sources.

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