Safer Internet Day 2016

Welcome to Safer Internet Day 2017

Be the change: unite for a better internet

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online safety.

We’ll be creating easy and fun ways for people to support Safer Internet Day 2017, and hope you’ll join us and everyone globally in celebrating the day on 7 February.

Show your support

On Safer Internet Day (7 February 2017) show your support by sharing information about the day and useful content for others.

Staying Safe Online: A Quick Reference Guide

Netsafe has teamed up with industry partners to create this handy guide full of tips and advice for being online. It covers everything from social media, to online shopping, to search and devices. The guide has advice from Google, YouTube, Twitter and Trade Me.

Check out the guide here and share it on your social channels, internally, with students, schools, friends and family. Make sure you use the #SID2017 hashtag!

Our Lives Online NZ: Infographic

This interesting infographic about being online is a fun way to start conversations about staying safe online. Share the infographic page internally or watch out for Netsafe's social media post about it on the day.

Make sure you use the #SID2017 hashtag!

Share the Safer Internet Day Story

Write an article or blogpost about the day, or add it to your newsletter. Share it with your team, school students and parents or members of your organisation. We’ve started one for you, check it out here.

Web Rangers's #StopBullying balloon challenge

On Safer Internet Day Google is launching the #StopBullying balloon challenge in 14 countries around the world.

How it works

  • Step 1: Write something mean that has been said to you online on a balloon.
  • Step 2: Video yourself hugging someone and pop the balloon between you.
  • Step 3: Challenge three friends to do the same and share it online on Safer Internet Day using the hashtag #StopBullying.

Safer Internet Day over the ditch

To mark the day in Australia, NZ organisation Sticks ‘n Stones is teaming up with Facebook and Australia’s Project Rockit and Plan International to host a workshop for young women in Melbourne. Keep up to date on the day by following them on Facebook.

How schools can get involved

The start of the new school year is a great time to talk with staff and students about staying safe online. This year’s theme — Be the change: Unite for a better internet — reminds us of the importance of staff, students, whanau, and community working together to help each other.

Three ways to celebrate the day in school

  1. Invite your staff to join our online webinar where our Director of Education, Karen Spencer will talk about digital citizenship. Sign up for the webinar here.
  2. Are you developing or reviewing your Digital Technology guidelines/agreements, or wanting to build your school’s digital culture highlighting safety, respect and kindness online? Use the Google #StopBullying balloon challenge to kickstart a class discussion about the following:

    Activity 1:

    In small groups talk about:

    • How do you use the internet at home/school? What do you like to do online?
    • What does feeling safe mean to you? Is it the same online?
    • Are there experiences or things that make you feel unsure or unsafe online? What can you do if you have concerns or problems online?
    • When something happens at school and someone gets hurt, what usually happens? Do you think it’s the same or different when you are online?
    • How do you choose the kinds of information you share online?
    • Do you know how to adjust privacy settings, create strong passwords, report or block people on the sites you use online?
    • What does safety, trust and respect look like online?
    • What does Digital Citizenship mean? What does a digital citizen look like?
    • If you could completely redesign the internet together, what would you develop, introduce, or make different? How might you make it a more safe and positive place to be?

    Activity 2:

    Together develop a class or school code/agreement (using e.g. video, blog, infographic, photography, speech, performance, song, etc) that describes the ways you can all work together to make the internet a positive and safe place for everyone this year – and share it with your community.

  3. Netsafe has curated some great resources that you can use this year in school — dive in and explore them together:

    1. Primary students resources for Primary and Intermediate Schools
    2. Secondary students rescources for High Schools
    3. School leaders resources for educators
    4. Early years resources for Early years educators and parents
    5. Safer Internet Day – UK resources for schools
    6. Project Positive – NZ initiative creating positive Comments - building a positive online culture
    7. Sticks’n’stones - NZ team involved in making a positive difference for young people online
    8. Project Rockit – Australian team providing support for schools and young people