Netsafe and the Ministry for Women have worked together to create a report exploring the differences in the ways young people experience harm online. This research is the first of its kind in New Zealand to investigate gendered differences in online harm from the point of view of girls and boys. It presents young New Zealanders’ experiences of digital risk and digital harm in their own words.

The research identifies promising directions and potential solutions to prevent and reduce digital harm. It does so by investigating young people’s views about their use of digital technologies (such as online platforms); their experiences of harm online; what they currently do to prevent and reduce digital harm; and what they think will help in the future.

Online harm is a complex issue, and can take a variety of forms. The internet provide a space for a unique form of harassment that is easy to create and distribute and difficult to remove.

Young people are still maturing and learning about the world, yet their technical expertise often outstrips that of the adults who seek to support them. We all need better answers as parents, caregivers, family whānau, teachers, friends, service providers and policy makers. This research helps us build the evidence base about what will help to prevent and reduce digital harm.

Read the full report.