Report release: ‘Enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety’

The Young and Well CRC has just released a report entitled ‘Enhancing parents’ knowledge and practice of online safety’.

New research from the Young and Well CRC, led by the University of Western Sydney and supported by Google Australia, reveals that young people are aware of the risks of being online – but they could show their parents a thing or two.

Perhaps reassuringly for parents, the report shows that young people:

  • make good use of the online security controls and privacy settings that are available
  • are particularly savvy about how to stay safe when using social networking sites
  • are influenced by their parents when it comes to being smart, safe, respectful and resilient online.

Read the whole article here and the report here (request report via email).

Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre Australia

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre is a relatively new organisation in Australia. It

explores the role of technology in young people’s lives, and how technology can be used to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25. The Young and Well CRC unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations across the non-profit, academic, government and corporate sectors.

They continue:

Over the next five years, our research will:

  • Enable young people to participate safely and confidently online;
  • Equip young people to shape their own futures and build the skills and personal networks to ensure they succeed in education, employment and volunteering;
  • Support young people within their families;
  • Empower young people to take part and be active in their communities; and
  • Strengthen early intervention and treatment to prevent mental health problems worsening.

This video explains more:

It looks like the Young and Well CRC will be an excellent advocate and resource for the wellbeing of young people.