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

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Parenting and pornography

This research explores how parents engage with their children about online pornography.

eSafety collaborated with Netsafe in New Zealand and the United Kingdom’s Safer Internet Centre with the University of Plymouth on this research into parental attitudes to online pornography.

Some key findings include:

  • the risk of children’s exposure to pornography was a strong concern for parents
  • parents were relatively confident about their ability to seek out relevant information and to deal with their children’s potential exposure to pornography
  • only a minority of parents in Australia and New Zealand thought that their children had been exposed to pornography.


About this research

eSafety’s contribution to this report is based on data from our national survey of 3,520 Australian parents conducted in July/August 2018.
Digital parenting 2018