08 October 2019

Young people's experience with online hate, bullying and violence

This information paper from the e-Safety Commissioner reports on findings of the Commissioner's research on Australian young people's experience with online hate, bullying and violence. Twenty-five percent of young people reported being targets of bullying or hurtful comments, while more than half had seen real violence that they found disturbing, had seen racist comments, or seen or heard hateful comments. Targets of harmful online content were most likely to be Muslims (53%), Asylum seekers (37%), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (37%), refugees (35%) and Asians (33%). One-third of young people had seen online videos or images promoting terrorism. Almost half the young people said they would report the material if they saw it, with two-thirds of these young people saying they would report to their parents.