Are you a child or young person with something to say? Become a Young Thinker and tell us what you think

The Young Thinker forum

Hi! My name is Jodie Griffiths-Cook and I’m the ACT Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner (PACYPC). Part of my job in the ACT Human Rights Commission is to make things better for children and young people in the ACT. I’m really interested in hearing directly from children and young people, and not just from the adults who work with them.

That’s why I’m introducing the Young Thinker forum.

If you are a child or young person under 25 years old, tell me what you think about the topic below or about a different community or social issue that you feel strongly about.

Current Topic:

Life is very different right now and there has been lots of changes. COVID-19 has affected everyone differently.

We’ve heard a lot about how COVID-19 has affected adults, but not a lot about how it has affected children and young people. Jodie would like to hear you tell your COVID-19 story in your own words or in pictures… how you tell your story is up to you.

What would you like to tell adults about your COVID-19 experience?
You could think about…

  • What did you miss the most?
  • What did you enjoy the most?
  • How did the adults in your life react at the time? How did this make you feel?
  • What do you think about online learning and online classes?
  • As life starts to slowly go back to normal, what do you want to happen now?
  • How can adults make this easier for you?

You can:

  • write a message or a story
  • create an artwork or comic strip
  • submit a video or audio recording
  • write and/or record a song.

You can do this on your own or with friends.

What will happen to what you send us?
Will you share what I send you or use my name?
Do you need help with more personal concerns?

The Young Thinker Rules

  1. You must be under 25 years old.
  2. You must live, go to school/university, or work in the ACT.
  3. If you want what you send us to be shared, then we need your permission. Your name will only be shared or published if you tell us you want it to be.
  4. You have the right to be recognised as the person who created your work. In some circumstances, we may need to contact you to check what you would like us to do to uphold your rights.
  5. If you are under 12 years old, you need the permission of a parent or guardian to send us material. (Your parent or guardian doesn’t have to agree with what you say though.)
  6. We will not share your material if it could harm, hurt or offend other people, or if it discriminates against people.
  7. If you send through a video recording, we will not share the video if you or anyone else can be recognised in the recording. For example, if it shows your face or the faces of others.
  8. If we have concerns or worries about your safety or wellbeing, or someone else’s safety or wellbeing, we may have to share your information.

We will treat what you send us carefully and follow the Information Privacy Act (2014), the Human Rights Commission Act 2005 and the Children and Young People Act 2008. This means that the personal information you provide to us will be kept private and will generally not be passed on to another person or organisation unless you agree or a law requires us to. You can find more information about your privacy rights and our legal responsibilities, including how you can see what information we have about you and complain if we don’t use it in the right ways.

Entering the Young Thinker forum


Complete the Young Thinker online entry form.


Mail it to us at GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601 along with the consent form.