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The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched a new youth engagement platform, Young & eSafe, to help young people counter online hate and encourage positive values. It features advice and resources developed by young people for young people, including real stories, short films and advice designed to help young people create positive change online.

The Young & eSafe resources were developed in consultation with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and tested to ensure they are engaging and relevant for a broad range of young people, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The need for these youth-driven resources is borne out by research released by the eSafety Commissioner revealing 50 to 60 per cent of young Australians aged 12 to 17 have witnessed racist or hateful comments about cultural or religious groups online.

The new research also reveals that young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are more likely to be the targets of online hate.

“We’re empowering young people to use technology as a force for good and as a platform to condemn hatred, racism and abuse,” says eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant.

“Half of young people say they would take some form of action when confronted with hateful comments online – we want to amplify that majority and give them the skills to be positive influencers.”

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