Resources to help journalists manage and mitigate the risk of online abuse


The eSafety Commissioner has released new resources, designed in collaboration with the ABC, to help media organisations provide stronger protections for their journalists from the increasing levels of online abuse they get in the course of doing their work.

The resources were launched to coincide with UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day and to align with this year’s theme of ‘Journalism under digital siege’.

Online Safety for Media Organisations Resources

These new resources include practical tips for media organisations on how to support staff to manage and mitigate the risk of social media abuse; how to prepare staff for engaging with audiences online; and how to respond to online abuse in the most effective way.

Social Media Self-Defence training

eSafety provides practical support in the form of Social Media Self-Defence training for employees. Media organisations can book sessions by contacting [email protected].

Women in the Spotlight research report

Social media abuse is a particular issue for female journalists, or those from a diverse background. eSafety's recent Women in the Spotlight research report showed women with a media presence were 56 per cent more likely than men to receive online abuse. 

Workplace Safety Guidance

eSafety has collaborated with Safe Work Australia to develop guidance about online abuse for employers and workers. These fact sheets outline practical steps to help prevent and deal with incidents of online abuse.