Be part of the Community is Everything campaign
Every kid deserves to enjoy the freedom of childhood, surrounded by their family and community. They should be #FreeToBeKids.
But right now, kids as young as 10 are being locked up around Australia.
We’re collecting stories from the Amnesty community to help us get the message out that no child should be behind bars. Real stories will help us convince decision-makers to raise the age at which a child can be locked up, and support alternatives to children’s prison.
So, if you’ve got kids between 10 and 13 years old who’d like to take part in our video, we’d love to hear from you. Here’s what you’ll need to do to get involved.
Please send us your videos before 1 July so we can use them to raise end the overrepresentation of Indigenous kids in prison.
Step 2: Check out our guides for filming
We’d love to see unscripted, genuine, funny and poignant responses from your kids. Find out more about the issue here and read on for more information on what we’re looking for and tips on how to film.
*If your file is too large and won’t send (usually anything over five minutes), email it using WeTransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What questions should I ask?
To put your child at ease, ask some general warm-up questions, such as:
- What’s your name?
- How old are you?
- Where do you live?
When your child is into the swing of things, move on to the main questions. Here are some ideas of questions you can ask.
- Did you know that kids as young as 10 are locked up in prison in Australia? What do you think about that? Do you think that’s fair or not? Why?
- What do you think it would feel like to be in prison? Would it be scary? What would there be to do? Who would you miss?
- What do you think you’d spend your days doing in prison? What would your cell look like? What would you be eating?
- If a kid gets in trouble, what do you think would be a better way to help them not be naughty again?
- If you could send a message right now to kids in prison, what would you say? (It would be great if any messages could be given straight to the camera if possible).
- If you had the Prime Minister sitting in front of you right now, what would you say to him? What would you ask him to do to change this? (Again, straight to the camera for this one if possible!)
What equipment do I need?
Filming with a smartphone is fine – just make sure you film holding the phone in landscape mode (sideways) rather than portrait mode (upright). If you have a DSLR that shoots video or a ‘point and shoot’ camcorder, even better!
If you have a microphone, however small, please use it – it will hugely improve the audio quality of your footage.
If you have a tripod or firm surface on which to balance your camera, that will guarantee a steadier shot. Try to avoid ‘handheld’ shots as these will probably be too wobbly for us to use!
How do I set up?
For setting up, you have two options.
- You can film your child at home, somewhere quiet, and ask them questions from behind the camera.
- Or one parent (or other adult) can sit with the child while a second person films. In this scenario, the person sitting with the child should ask the questions.
How do I film?
If possible, position the camera no more than a metre or so away from those you are filming.
Ideally, those being filmed will be seated. Choose a mid-shot – so that their head and upper body are in the frame. Like the image of our Amnesty staff members here:
More tips for filming
- Make sure you film somewhere where there is plenty of light and the people on camera can be clearly seen.
- Try to find somewhere quiet where there is little or no background noise for your interviewees to compete with. This is especially important if you’re not using an additional microphone!
- If possible, get the people being filmed to talk directly to the camera – one way to do this is to get them to imagine that the lens is a person. If this proves too difficult, interview the subject from off camera (position yourself just by the lens, at the same level as your subject, so that they will be looking at you just off camera as you ask them questions).