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New youth platform offers online safety advice for young people

30 August 2017

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched a new youth platform that gives practical advice to young people, developed by young people.

 

Young & eSafe is designed to educate and empower young people aged 12–17 to take control of their online experiences.

The platform promotes positive, proactive conversations around online safety by building on critical thinking and digital resilience skills.

Importantly, the resources and solutions on Young & eSafe have been crowdsourced from young people, for young people.

The new resources can be used in schools and communities to improve young people’s capacity and awareness around five key themes: critical thinking, respect, responsibility, empathy and resilience.

New research

New research released by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Education and Training highlights the online challenges faced by young people:

  • 50–60% of 12–17 year olds in Australia have seen or heard racist or hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online, and 30% have encountered material they believe is promoting terrorism.
  • People from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds were more likely to be the targets of online hate.
  • Only half of young people said they would take some form of action, including reporting or posting comments against it, while the rest would ignore it.

More information

Visit the Young and eSafe page to find out more.