Young women build their identities online and put themselves at risk of harm, NZ report finds

Young women build, or “curate” their identities online, while boys are more likely to interact with “randoms” in online games, a new Ministry for Women and Netsafe report finds.

The qualitative research Insights into digital harm, released on Friday, found gender determined the way young people were affected by, or interacted with “their online worlds”.

Girls were more at risk to harm because they were heavily invested in social media.

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The revelations are part of Insights into digital harm: The online lives of New Zealand girls and boys – the first report in New Zealand of young people's experience with digital harm in their own words.

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