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Social media and technology

The ever-changing and increasing presence of technology in our community creates a number of challenges and opportunities related to children and young people’s wellbeing.

Increasing the community’s understanding of technology and social media is vital if we are able to provide the support children and young people need to navigate safely and take advantage of this new environment.

For up to date information refer to the Commissioner's Indicators of Wellbeing data resource.


Co-designing technologies to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, November 2017

A report from the Commissioner's Geraldton and North Metropolitan Advisory Committees

2016-17 Thinker in Residence - Professor Jane Burns - Strengthening children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, June 2017

Strengthening children and young people's mental health and wellbeing through technology and social media

Literature review – Social media and children and young people, July 2015


Submission to Department of Communication and the Arts, February 2020

Submission in response to the Department's Online Safety Legislative Reform discussion paper.

Submission to Free TV Australia, March 2015

Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice

Submission to Department of Communications, March 2015

Public Consultation on Enhancing Online Safety for Children

Submission to the Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Legislation Committee, January 2015

Inquiry into the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 and Consequential Amendments Bill 2014

More information

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

Opinion piece – Children priority in bid to build community

The West Australian, Ms June Oscar AO – 27 November 2012


Thinker in Residence 2016-17

The 2016-17 Thinker in Residence was e-mental health researcher and advocate Professor Jane Burns. Professor Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at The University of Sydney in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her work focuses on driving practical and positive change in the community and the mental health sector, with a priority on uniting young people with researchers, practitioners and innovators to explore the role of technology in improving mental health programs and services.

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