Parents have an important role to play in children’s online lives and evidence shows that their awareness and digital involvement has increased since 2016. But there are still some significant gaps – especially in relation to children’s exposure to potentially harmful online content.
This research explores the opportunities and risks that the internet presents for children in Australia. More than 3,500 young people aged 8 to 17, and their parents, were surveyed during August and September 2021.
The research examined:
- children’s online lives
- what parents know – and don’t know – about their children’s online experiences
- digital parenting practices and the effects on children’s internet use.
Results will be used to further develop age appropriate resources and messaging for parents and carers to use with their children. This will help them to maximise the benefits of online activities while minimising harm.