State of Play - Youth and online Gaming in Australia

Youth and Online Gaming

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Latest eSafety research – State of Play

Online multiplayer gaming is a very popular activity for young Australians.

  • 6 in 10 8-17yr olds have played these games

Anonymity is an important aspect of online gaming.

  • ½ of 8-17yr olds have played with people they have not met in person

Around 34% aged 8-17 made an in-game purchase between June 2016 and June 2017.

An estimated 17% of multiplayer gamers experience in-game bullying. Equal to roughly more than 200,000 young Australians.

How young people responded to bullying that they experienced while gaming online:

  • 42% turned off chat function
  • 41% ignored the bullying
  • 38% stopped playing a game with bully/bullies

Young people also used more formal channels to deal with bullying.

  • Nearly 30% of multiplayer gamers who experienced bullying reported it to game moderators

1 in 5 young people who were bullied while playing also retaliated.

  • Teens (14-17 yrs old), 25% vs Kids, 19%
  • Boys, 24% vs Girls, 16%

Full report here for more detailed findings.

Source: Research commissioned by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, July 2017. Respondents included 3,017 online young people aged 8-17 in Australia.

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

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