The eSafety Commissioner's report summaries big tech providers' responses to mandatory transparency notices regarding their efforts to address Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA). The report promotes transparency and aims to enhance online safety for children and young people. Providers such as Meta, WhatsApp, and Snap Inc. were included in the study.
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Consultations with young people to inform the eSafety Commissioner’s Engagement Strategy for Young People: A report on the findings
Western Sydney University has released this report outlining young people’s insights and recommendations about online safety to inform the eSafety Commissioner’s messaging, resources and ongoing engagement with children and young people. The report was developed using youth-centred, participatory co-research and codesign methods. Key concerns raised by young people in the research included privacy issues, security issues and managing online interactions with others.
Cool, beautiful, strange and scary: The online experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their parents and caregivers
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner's report examines online engagement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. It identifies both opportunities and risks, including improved communication and access to information, but also a higher likelihood of negative experiences. It is relevant for practitioners working with Indigenous communities, emphasising the importance of targeted support and online safety awareness.
Mind the gap: Parental awareness of children’s exposure to risks online
This report from the eSafety Commissioner investigates children’s online lives and explores what parents do and don’t know about their experiences. The report outlines a range of negative online content and behaviours encountered by children, including a high proportion of young people aged 14-17 being exposed to sexual content. Almost half of children surveyed were treated ‘in a hurtful or nasty way’ online in the past year while a quarter of children surveyed had engaged in this negative behaviour themselves. Encouragingly, it found that almost all children did something in response to negative online behaviour such as telling their parents.
The House of Representatives Select Committee on Social Media and Online Safety has released its report investigating the range of online harms faced by Australians on social media and other online platforms and the impacts of these harms on wellbeing. It makes 26 recommendations.
Young people’s perspectives on online hate, unwanted sexual content, and ‘unrealistic’ body- and appearance-related content: Implications for resilience and digital citizenship
This article, published in MDPI, explores the perspectives of young people in England aged 13 to 21 in relation to online harms and how they respond to harmful content. The study found many ways young people interact with the online world and what this means for resilience-building approaches.