Parenting in the digital age

May 28, 2019

Previous research undertaken by eSafety into the digital lives of young people in Australia found that parents are an important source of support when things go wrong online (Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 2018), with 55% of young people who have experienced something negative online reporting that they had confided in their parents (Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 2018).

To better understand these exchanges, eSafety commissioned a national survey of parents in July 2018. The survey fulfils the need for up to date, robust national data and explores, among other things, the ways in which parents become aware of, and respond to, the online issues faced by their children. Stemming from that survey, the current report attempts to answer the following questions:

  • What do parents see are the main perceived risks of their children using the internet?
  • How aware are parents of their children’s negative online experiences?
  • What attitudes to the internet do parents exhibit and agree most with?
  • How do parents react to their children’s negative online experience?
  • How proactive are parents in seeking information?
  • Where do parents go for online safety information?
  • What are parents’ online safety information needs?

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digital age, eSafety, online safety, privacy