The first round of the Netsafe Online Safety Grant has eight grant recipients chosen to provide support and education around harmful digital communications in New Zealand.

The Netsafe Online Safety Grant provides $350,000 worth of match funding annually for projects and initiatives that aim to reduce the harm caused by harmful digital communications in New Zealand. Netsafe has been asked by the Ministry of Justice to administer the grant to further develop the online safety community, activities and resources in New Zealand. There is a growing demand for online safety education and support, and this grant supports new and emerging work in this area. The next round of the grant will open on 17 July 2017.

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ROUND ONE GRANT RECIPIENTS

STAPLES VR: VIRTUAL REALITY 360 DEGREE VIDEO

Our idea is to create a series of online Virtual Reality (360 Video) experiences which showcase steps you can take to protect yourself from harmful digital communications. These would be made deliverable through an online platform, where the viewer can follow the story through a 360 space and make decisions that will affect the outcome (or storyline). A chose your own ending style video shot in a 360 environment.

STICKS ‘N STONES: ICON ONLINE SUPPORT TOOL FOR YOUTH

ICON (In Case of Online Negativity) is an intuitive, personalised, judgment free, and anonymous online tool that provides young people with 24/7 support for online harm without the need for a phone call or complicated online form.  A Web App that can give you real, relevant and practical steps, ideas and advice in language that connects with you from other young people who understand what it’s like and can be the first step to other support.

UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND: SOCIAL ACTION MODEL FOR YOUNG MEN

This project will develop a resource to support boys and young men keen to promote ethical behaviour around intimate digital images, and a broader context of gender equality. The resource will be based on a social action model used in recent research with young people in Auckland, as well as international literature, and in-depth qualitative consultation with secondary school leaders (students and staff). It will be freely available for ‘self-help’ interventions and grassroots activism.

GIRL GUIDING NEW ZEALAND: SURF SMART PROGRAMME

In 2017, Girl Guiding NZ is focusing on STEM topics in our leader training, programme and girl opportunities. The WAGGGS Surf Smart programme provides resources for volunteers to deliver a well-researched programme equipping girls with the skills they need to use the internet safely. Girls will develop skills, awareness, and confidence in managing risks online so they can connect positively with others and respect their own rights and reputation in the digital world.

STUDENT COMMUNICATION AND SAFE PRACTICES CHARITABLE TRUST: E-RESOURCE PORTAL FOR SCHOOLS

The Student Communication and Safe Practices Charitable Trust (SCSP) has developed a national E-resource Portal (the Responders Portal) in an electronic format that will relate to our target audience.  It is currently a teaching resource presented to students in the classroom environment. It is presented to students discussing issues, strategies and consequences of teens’ actions.  It shows films of teenagers in real life at-risk scenarios that students can relate to as well as comprehensive decision-making pathways, where students can work through consequences safely, showing the negative and positive outcomes of their decision making and what to do to keep themselves safe.”

VIOLENCE FREE COMMUNITIES: CYBER SAVVY SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

In collaboration with high school students and teachers, Telethon Kids Institute of Australia, and Netsafe, Violence free Communities (VFC) will run this Australian evidence-based Cyber Savvy Schools Programme. We train students to lead their school in the safe use of technology, then support them to drive ‘cyber safety’ initiatives in their school and community. We also work to establish a succession plan so that students, school and community will sustain the programme into future years.”

ANTWORKS STUDIOS: SHORT ONLINE SAFETY FILMS FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Antworks Studios will produce three documentary short films to tell stories about Cyberbullying, Internet safety and Revenge Porn. The trilogy will be targeted primarily towards a young adult audience. Each film would be an individual story based on real-life events. The films will be based around interviews with former victims who agree to tell their stories.All participants are to be treated with thehighest level of respect and dignity.The main purpose is to inform, educate and help people involved in a harmful online situation.”

UNIVERSITY OF WAIKATO: DIGITAL AWARENESS AND CAPABILITIES PILOT FOR SCHOOLS

This project focuses on Year 9 teachers’ and students’ digital awareness and capabilities as part of a wider Hillcrest High School pilot project on digital citizenship. The intention is to support Year 9s to become aware of, and know what to do regarding, the Harmful Digital Communications Act). Starting with evidence from a Year 9 digital safety awareness survey, we will develop resources and strategies that we hope can be eventually used by others.”

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