26 September 2023

eSafety signs up youngsters for online of the future

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The eSafety Commissioner has launched a research project aimed at determining how young Australians would like to shape the online world of the future.

eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant said the research, conducted for eSafety by Western Sydney University, would guide the Agency in its engagement with young people.

“It will inform online safety resources and programs for young people,” Ms Inman Grant said.

“This research will lay out ways to co-design and develop solutions to online safety challenges,” she said.

“It also tells us how young people want the proposed Online Safety Youth Advisory Council to work, including recruitment of members, Council activities and outputs.”

Ms Inman Grant said the online world was a fundamental part of young people’s lives.

“This research gives us important insights into young people’s online experiences, how we can work with them to co-design and best shape authentic messages about online harms and safety, and their vision for a safe and inclusive online world,” she said.

“What is clear from this youth engagement research is that young people want to be actively involved in finding solutions to making online life a safer place and they have some candid views about how that might happen.”

The Commissioner said young people wanted non-judgmental guidance and information on how to access support services to make their online experiences safer and more fulfilling.

“They want the adults in their lives to have the necessary knowledge to help them when they need it,” Ms Inman Grant said.

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