State of play - connecting and sharing online

State of Play – Connecting and sharing online[1]

Kids - 8 to 12 years
Teens -13 to 17 years
Young people - 8 to 17 years

Talking to strangers

38% of young people used the internet to chat to someone they did not know:

42% boys vs 34% girls

50% teens vs 27% kids

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) persons or those with a disability were more likely to connect with strangers:

44% CALD vs 37% non CALD

50% disability vs 37% no disability

Making friends

24% reported making friends with someone they first met online. 

Making friends online increased with age:

34% teens vs 14% kids

Young CALD / disability persons have a preference for making friends online:

31% CALD vs 22% non CALD

35% disability vs 23% no disability

Sharing information

Information they share with people they only know online:

10% Fake information

14% Personal

19% General

Password sharing

17% shared passwords to their emails and social media accounts.

People they shared with:

65% Parents

37% Friend

21% Siblings

13% Boy/girlfriend

5% Teacher 

2% Other

Who they share with varies depending on their age. Some of the big differences:

Parents – 88% kids vs 44% teens

Friend – 21% kids vs 52% teens

Boy/girlfriend – 5% kids vs 22% teens


[1] Source: State of Play – youth, kids and digital dangers, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 3 May 2018

Data covers responses from a random sample of more than 3,000 young people in Australia aged 8-17 years in the 12 months to June 2017 (Kids - 8 to 12 years and Teens 13 to 17 years).

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