OWLS is a resource to support teachers as they teach the concepts of privacy online to primary and intermediate school students.

The online resource is a joint project by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and NetSafe, in partnership with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.


The OWLS website

They consist of a series of 24 modules on different aspects of managing personal information online. There are four main themes to the modules:

  • Own your information – take control
  • Wait before you upload
  • Lock your information
  • Safety first

Under each theme, teachers can select the module they need to fit with their existing classroom programme or they can work through the entire resource as a complete programme.

OWLS aims to help students manage their personal information and it is hoped that it will also provide ways for students and teachers to involve families and wider communities in a conversation about online safety.

You can visit the owls at www.netsafe.org.nz/owls