The toll of social media attacks played a part in outgoing Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman's decision to step away from politics after six years in the top job.
The Liberal leader on Tuesday announced his shock resignation, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife Nicki and three children Will, James and Lily.
He revealed his family had been "roped into" online political attacks.
"There's no doubt these days with social media, which is pervasive, there can be impacts through what I do ... how it's reported," Mr Hodgman told ABC Radio on Wednesday.
"We've always done what we can to ensure our kids are protected and supported.
"I make no complaints nor do I suggest they have been negatively impacted by all this but it would be wrong to not say it also does take its toll.
"I need to balance them (his family) up in all of this."
Mr Hodgman, 50, grew up in a political family with both his father and grandfather serving in state parliament but believes times have changed.
"We understand and appreciate the rough and tumble of politics," he said.
"There are positive sides, but it's a very public way of life.
"That helps in some respects but it also makes me anxious as a parent about any impact it might have on our kids."
State Labor leader Rebecca White and Greens leader Cassy O'Connor have both empathised with Mr Hodgman's decision to walk away after 18 years in politics.
The Liberals are set to vote next week on who will become the state's next premier, with long-term Deputy Jeremy Rockliff and Treasurer Peter Gutwein the logical frontrunners.
Australian Associated Press