New insights into digital harm

Minister for Women Hon Julie Anne Genter has today released a new research report looking at young New Zealanders’ experiences of digital harm. 

The qualitative research, led by the Ministry for Women with Netsafe, is the first in New Zealand to present young  New Zealanders’ experiences of digital harm in their own words. 

The research is to understand young people’s online behaviour and experiences of digital harm, provide a gendered understanding of digital harm, and identify promising directions for providers to prevent and reduce digital harm, for parents and providers, schools and government. 

The research shows that girls and boys invest in their online lives in different ways; they interact differently online; and the extent to which their online lives impact their identities also differs. 

For futher information on online safety read Netsafe resources for parents, educators and young people.