Youth aged 12 to 17 are spending big chunks of their time online but are still cautious when it comes to believing what they read or see.
Young people spend considerable time online outside of school:
Seventeen year olds spent twice as much time online than 12 year olds.
Boys and girls spent similar amounts of time online, as did young people born in Australia and those born overseas.
When comparing trusted information sources, TV is more trusted than online sources:
There is no significant variation according to gender.
Those born overseas trust online information slightly more at 54% than those born in Australia at 51%.
Despite trusting these sources, young people still checked the information from:
For information on overseas conflicts
Young people are sourcing information from:
Older youth are more likely to seek information about overseas conflicts online, 81% for 17 year olds compared to 44% for 12 year olds.
Most trusted sources of information in relation to overseas conflicts:
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Source: Research commissioned by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Education and Training, November to December 2016. Respondents included 2,448 young people aged 12–17 years in Australia.