The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched the Young & eSafe (YES) platform to empower young people with the skills to navigate safely online.
The platform hosts a series of short films and real life stories, as well as practical advice, ensuring that the most tech savvy generation can deal with potential online dangers.
The platform addresses concerns raised by research released by the eSafety Commissioner and the Department of Education and Training, which found that 50 to 60 per cent of 12 to 17-year-old Australians have come across racist or hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online.
The research also found that 30 per cent of Australians aged from 12 to 17 have encountered material they believe is promoting terrorism.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is optimistic that YES will build young Australians’ resilience and make online spaces safer.
The eSafety Commissioner launched the project during a youth workshop in Sydney, with attendees including students and teachers from local high schools, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation Dr Hass Dellal AO, and Project Rockit Co-founder and Co-CEO Rosie Thomas.
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