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Youth and digital dangers

How young Australians deal with the challenges they face online.

Data in this report is drawn from eSafety’s 2017 Youth Digital Participation Survey. The research examines how young people aged 8 to 17 deal with issues such as: 

  • managing their social media 
  • contact with strangers online 
  • sharing of personal information and passwords 
  • dealing with negative online experiences 

It also looks at how the negative experiences of young people compare to those of Australian adults. 

About the research

eSafety’s 2017 Youth Digital Participation Survey used a random sample of 3,017 young people in Australia aged 8 to 17, collecting information on their online safety experiences and behaviours in the 12 months to June 2017. 


For comparison, data on the online experiences of adults was taken from a survey of 500 people aged 18 years and over, exploring their personal experiences in the 12 months to December 2017.  


Desk research was also conducted to provide additional context for key survey findings.

Other publications drawing on this data include

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