Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic


eSafety undertakes research to ensure our programs and resources are based on evidence. We support, encourage, conduct and evaluate research about online safety for all Australians.

COVID-19 Alert

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) it may take longer than usual to address all reports or enquiries made with our investigation teams.

Please continue to submit reports and we will review them as soon as possible.

If you are worried about your safety or are at risk of harm right now contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).

If you need someone to talk to and are under 25, contact Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).
For all other ages, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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Latest research

Best Practice Framework for Online Safety Education

This research establishes a best practice framework for online safety education in Australian schools
Latest research

COVID-19 impacts on Australian adults’ online activities and attitudes

This research report explores the impact that COVID-19 has had on Australians’ online activity including digital confidence, negative online experiences, support and training needs.

Online hate speech

This research report is the result of collaboration between the eSafety Commissioner in Australia, Netsafe in New Zealand and United Kingdom’s SWGfL as part of the European Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness (SELMA) project.

Online safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in urban areas

The report focuses on women living in urban areas, recognising that there is considerable diversity in the living circumstances, service access and needs.

Image-based abuse perp motivations

Understanding the attitudes and motivations adults who engage in image-based abuse.

Parenting in the digital age

This research focuses on parents’ experiences raising children in a world steeped in online activity and connection.

Women from diverse backgrounds

This qualitative research looks into experiences of technology-facilitated abuse among women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Digital parenting

Following our 2018 national survey of Australian parents, eSafety has released findings about how their households use technology and their perspectives on online risks.

Mentoring older Australians

This qualitative research explores ways that family, friends and peers of older Australians can encourage them to increase their online engagement.

Digital behaviours of older Australians

Research into how Australian seniors perceive and use digital devices and the internet.

Youth and online gaming - state of play

Research report on young people’s experiences of online gaming and eSports, in-game bullying and coping strategies

Young people and sexting

Research into young people’s experience of sending and sharing nude and nearly nude images — otherwise known as ‘sexting’