A whole school approach that involves everyone in your school community is most likely to foster online safety behaviours and help young people become digital citizens.

The following resources may be useful to help schools begin to work in partnership with whānau and communities. Use them to:

  • Talk about what is important and appropriate in your school community.
  • Effective – and not so effective – ways to talk with young people or respond to incidents.
  • Work together to develop skills and competencies.

Note: These resources are offered as starting points for discussion only. Netsafe does not take responsibility for material on third party sites.

Advice on cyberbullying

Chatterbox: A series of 17 videos for parents exploring common parenting issues online (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia).

eSafety Videos: A rich collection of videos for parents and families covering cyberbullying, screentime, inappropriate content, and online grooming (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)

Advice on sexting

  • So You Got Naked Online:  Helpful advice for young people and families about sexting, with next steps (Netsafe & UK Safer Child Centre, 2015)

Advice on managing technology

  • Screentime: Guidance on managing time on computers and how to get the balance right (CommonSense Media, 2016).
  • Digi-Parenting: A one-stop shop of advice to help families make technology decisions (Vodafone, Netsafe & The Parenting Place, NZ, 2015)
  • Staying safe online: Clear, practical steps from leading online companies about how to stay safe — with downloadable guide (Netsafe, 2015)
  • A parent’s guide to Instagram: Learn more about Instagram and how you can help young people use it safely — with downloadable guide (Netsafe).
  • WiFi Technology in Schools: Health and safety information for parents (Ministry of Education, 2015)
  • Parents’ Guide to Technology: Guides to questions about some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and ways to support children (UK Safer Internet, 2016).
  • CommonSense Media: Common Sense Media offers a library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music (US).
  • Videos:

‘How to’ videos: A rich collection of videos for parents and families covering how to take screengrabs on devices, use two-factor authentication, and managing cyberbullying on different platforms (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)

Nigel Latta: ‘Screenagers’ TV show (TVNZ On Demand) and ‘Technology isn’t the end of the world’ (article)

Advice for schools: How to talk with your community