Young People Given Tools Against Online Hate

20:18' 28-08-2017
Research released recently by the eSafety Commissioner reveals 50-60% of young Australians aged 12 to 17 have witnessed racist or hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online, and 30% of Australians in that age range have encountered material they believe promotes terrorism.

    Group of teenagers taking a selfie

    Photo: esafety.gov.au

    The new research also reveals that young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are more likely to be the targets of online hate. To help young people counter online hate and encourage positive values, last week the eSafety Office launched its new youth engagement platform, “Young & eSafe”.

    The platform features advice and resources, including real stories, short films and expert advice, designed to help young people “create positive change online which can translate into positive change offline”.

    There is advice about cyberbullying, how to recognise it and report it. One section guides young people how to interpret and judge the truth of online information, while another helps to create a safe online persona for social media and other online interactions. The site also include classroom resources, such as multimedia and lesson plans for primary and secondary school educators.

    The Young & eSafe resources were developed by young people in consultation with the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and tested to ensure they are engaging and relevant for a broad range of young people, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    “Half of young people say they would take some form of action when confronted with hateful comments online,” says eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant. “We want to amplify that majority and give them the skills to be positive influencers.”

    The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner was officially launched nearly two years ago by the Minister for Communications, Senator Mitch Fifield. In February it was renamed Office of the eSafety Commissioner, broadening the general functions of the office to cover online safety for all Australians, not just children.

    The Young & eSafe platform is at esafety.gov.au, and also has a Facebook page.

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