Intellectual Freedom for Young People

The Very Basics

Young people have First Amendment rights. This page will provide information and links to explore these rights. This page explores those rights in school. See also School: Intellectual Freedom for Young People.

Below are links to information on basic intellectual freedom principles, including links to the fundamental principles of American and international libraries. Also included are links to pages to help you understand why censoring the Internet is the same as censoring a book. Intellectual Freedom Issues will take you to Hot Topics in Intellectual Freedom. Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A explains what intellectual freedom is and why it is important.

Worthwhile Places to Visit

As If! Young Adult authors supporting intellectual freedom

Free Access to Libraries for Minors

What You Can Do to Oppose Censorship

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Banned Books Week

Beacon for Freedom of Expression

Censorship, the Internet, Intellectual Freedom, and Youth

The Free Expression Policy Project

Soul of a Citizen by Paul Rogat Loeb

Community Resolutions Toolkit

Judy Blume Talks about Censorship


The Nine Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning

Surveillance in America

What to Do If You're Stopped by the Police, the FBI, the INS, or the Customs Service


Youth Free Expression Network


Freedomwire - ACLU - Info for Students and Young People

Usability of Websites for Teenagers

Youth for Human Rights International