The most common negative online experiences reported by young people:
33% unwanted contact/content
21% social exclusion
21% threats and abuse
18% damage to reputation
14% fraud and viruses
8% lack of consent
The highest ranking negative impacts
36% did not feel good about themselves
35% felt emotions like anger, sadness, fear, helplessness
24% felt left out/losing friends
But it’s not all bad news!
65% were able to interpret what had happened to them in a positive way.
The top three positive responses:
40% became more aware of online risks
33% became more aware of their real friends
23% learnt to use the internet in a more balanced way
Managing a negative experience
Actions taken to get through the negative online experience:
24% sought help from formal networks
51% engaged in self-help strategies
71% sought help from informal networks
Young bystanders – witnessing negative online behaviours
92% of bystanders chose to do something!
60% talked about it with their own support networks
When it came to providing material support to others:
16% sought help from formal networks
50% provided direct advice to the victim
15% other actions
Source: Youth and digital dangers, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 3 May 2018
Data drawn from eSafety’s Youth Digital Participation Survey, using a random sample of 3,017 young people in Australia aged 8 to 17 years in the 12 months to June 2017 (kids 8 to 12 years, teens 13 to 17 years)
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