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Insights into digital harm : the online lives of New Zealand girls and boys Ministry for Women and Netsafe

Contributor(s): Ministry for Women | Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine | New Zealand. Ministry for Women | NetSafe.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Ministry for Women | Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine 2017Description: electronic document (48 pages) ; PDF file: 1.16 MB.Subject(s): Ministry for Women | Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine | Netsafe | ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP ABUSE | ADOLESCENTS | CHILDREN | DATING VIOLENCE | GENDER DIFFERENCE | HELP SEEKING | ONLINE HARASSMENT | PREVENTION | SEXUAL HARASSMENT | SEXUAL VIOLENCE | SOCIAL MEDIA | TECHNOLOGY | YOUNG MEN | YOUNG PEOPLE | YOUNG WOMEN | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website | Resources for youth | Resources for parents | Resources for educators Summary: 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 establishes a gendered evidence base about digital harm experienced by young people in New Zealand. This 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. Digital 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. Digital harm can have a very damaging impact on young people. For example, a 2013 research paper found that a third of participants reported electronic harassment in the prior year, with over 50 percent rating the harassment as distressing. 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. (Executive summary). For brief information about this research project, follow the website link. Follow the other links to find resources for young people, parents and educators on the Netsafe website. Record #5696
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Research report, December 2017

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 establishes a gendered evidence base about digital harm experienced by young people in New Zealand.

This 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.
Digital 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.

Digital harm can have a very damaging impact on young people. For example, a 2013 research paper found that a third of participants reported electronic harassment in the prior year, with over 50 percent rating the harassment as distressing.

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. (Executive summary). For brief information about this research project, follow the website link. Follow the other links to find resources for young people, parents and educators on the Netsafe website. Record #5696

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