We cannot help children develop the skills and capabilities to learn online using a single set of rules. Use agreements are only a starting point if we want to grow digital competencies. Effective approaches involve ongoing discussion with learners and deliberate and sustained teaching in our curriculum programmes.

The following resources may be useful to help you explore issues with your learners. Use them to:

  • Support your ongoing inquiries e.g. weave them appropriately through your local curriculum programme (rather than explore in isolation);
  • Use NetSafe’s The Grid to help you focus in on current issues that might be relevant for your chosen age groups;
  • Talk about what is important and appropriate in your school community; and
  • Use them as prompts to think about and agree on appropriate behaviours.

Note: These resources are offered as starting points for discussion only. NetSafe does not take responsibility for material on third party sites. We recommend teachers/parents assess the appropriateness of content before sharing with students.

Resources to support learning — Upper primary (Years 5-8)



  • Staying safe online: Clear, practical steps from leading online companies about how to stay safe — with downloadable guide (NetSafe, 2015) – upper primary


  • OWLS: Wise Words on Privacy:  Resources and activities to weave into curriculum programmes (NetSafe & Office of the Privacy Commissioner, 2015) – upper primary
  • With friends like these: Video, lesson plan and resource to raise awareness in of the consequences of sharing and publishing images of others. It demonstrates that seemingly small actions quickly gain momentum and get out of control (SWGFL, UK – upper primary

Resources to support learning — Lower primary (Years 1-4)


  • Hector’s World videos: Explore keeping yourself safe and secure online with these nine short video stories based on the Hector’s World cybersafety game (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)