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

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.

Kids and teens online

This research snapshot provides an update to Aussie teens online released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority in July 2014.

Key findings


  • At June 2015, 82% of teens had been online in the previous 4 weeks. 
  • 85% for girls, 78% boys


  • 64% streaming video 
  • 47% playing games online 
  • 78% emailing 
  • 54% social networking 
  • 78% research and browsing


  • 27% between 9am and 2:59pm 
  • 49% between 3pm and 4:59am 
  • 74% accessed between 5pm and 10pm 
  • 28% between 10pm and midnight 
  • 8% between midnight to 6:59am


  • 98% of teens are connecting at home 
  • 64% have access at school 
  • 57% access the internet at a friend's home 
  • 36% of all teens going online are accessing via wireless hotspots


  • 52% of teen users access the internet on two different devices,
  • 30% are using three
  • 18% are reliant on only one device.


Aussie teens and kids online

A snapshot of how young people are engaging online, what devices they use and which services and activities that draw them online: information to help us explore facets of online safety.

See also

For more recent research (2017 survey): Youth and digital dangers