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The online safety youth advisory council

eSafety set up an online safety youth advisory council in April 2022 to provide young people a voice about online safety policy.

Members of the eSafety Youth Council are aged 13 to 24 years and are from a diverse range of experiences, genders, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and locations. The inaugural meeting was held on 22 June 2022.

What does the eSafety Youth Council do?

The eSafety Youth Council provides advice to Government about issues that young people experience online and explores ways of supporting them to have positive online experiences. Their insights also inform eSafety's youth policies and programs.

The operation of the Council has been informed by recommendations included in a Youth engagement report, commissioned by eSafety. The report explored the online experiences of young Australians and their concerns and ideas for the future.

Youth aspirational statement for online safety was developed by the young people who participated in the report research and finalised by eSafety Youth Council members in their first term. This statement highlights the importance of listening to the perspectives of young people when discussing online safety.

Why are young people’s voices important?

The Council provides an authentic perspective about the real issues that young people face online. It will also help shape online safety programs for other young people.

For more information about the eSafety Youth Council, visit our page in the Young People section of the website.

Last updated: 05/10/2023