Research reveals one in three Aussie kids have been exposed to violence and terror online

One in three Australian kids have seen terror or violence online, according to a shocking new study released by The Children’s eSafety Commissioner.

The survey began in 2016, with children aged between 8-17 asked detailed questions about their internet use and how they manage negative experiences online.

Their answers revealed that more than half of our children have seen disturbing real violence, racist and hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online.


Muslims are the most targeted religious group, with 53 per cent of the hateful or racist comments received. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Asylum Seekers are the second most targeted at 37 per cent each.

According to the study, 33 per cent of children have also seen videos or images promoting terrorism.

Infographic: Office of the eSafety Commissioner

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner was established to help young people have safe, positive experiences online and encourage behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.

They’ve created a library of resources where parents can learn about the digital environment and find guidance and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

For further information, you can visit the iParent website here.