The Australian eSafety Office today launched a new engagement platform called Young & eSafe to help counter online hate. This action is in response to a recently released research that shows up to 60 per cent of young Australians aged 12 to 17 have witnessed racist or hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online. Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are particularly more prone to being targets of these online attacks.
It is imperative to take measures to tackle this social issue as 25% of Australia’s young people come from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.
To read the full research report, please go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/research-library