The best way to help students learn about the safe and responsible use of digital technologies is through an ongoing conversation about their experiences, deliberate attention to skills and behaviours, and repeated opportunities to apply their learning.

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);
  • 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)

  • DQ is a research-backed, animated game that can be used in class to take learners through a process of developing Digital Intelligence (DQTM). Digital Intelligence (DQTM) is the sum of technical, mental and social competencies essential to digital life. It encompasses the knowledge,  skills, attitudes and values that are needed to thrive as responsible members of the online world and to be confident in handling the challenges and demands of the digital era. Join thousands of other students worldwide in the Q challenge’. 
  • Take CTRL: Twelve short adverts focusing on cyberbullying, privacy and managing your security (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)
  • Connections (6 videos): Overview and conversations with young people about privacy, scams, identity and getting the balance right. (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia) — Intermediate
  • ‘Let’s fight it together’: This video drama highlights the different ways that cyberbullying can happen and the consequences for the target.
  • Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) YouTube videos to help children of all ages stay safe online
  • Project Rockit TV: This youth-driven organisation have started developing 12 short videos addressing key issues for young people
  • Sticks’n’stones–   NZ organisation that is youth-led and borne from issues happening within a local high school.
  • Childnet International: Resources designed for primary children to access and explore including films made by other young people.
  • The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew: 5 animated cartoon videos covering online safety  themes for 7-11 year olds
  • Online Bullying and Harassment: useful, dedicated guidance for young people, parents and caregivers and teachers and principals who want help to understand and deal with bullying that takes place online. (Netsafe, 2015) —upper primary
  • Staying safe online: Clear, practical steps from leading online companies about how to stay safe — with downloadable guide (NetSafe, 2015) – upper primary
  • ThinkUKnow: online activities and links for primary and secondary students
  • Commonsense Media Scope & Sequence: lesson ideas from K-12 across the key areas
  • UK Safer Internet Centre (ages 3-11): activities for students across a range of areas
  • Bullying Free NZ: a collection of resources that schools can access year round to address online bullying
  • 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
  • 5Rights: takes the existing rights of children and young people (under 18) and presents these through a digital lens

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)
  • Classroom Resources (Primary): A collection of games, videos and stand-alone lessons (Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Australia)
  • Commonsense Media Scope and Sequence:  a collection of resources for junior and lower primary levels based on key digital citizenship, online safety and wellbeing topics
  • Smartie the Penguin:  An e-safety story for younger children (3-7 year olds) covering three themes including online bullying, inappropriate websites and pop-ups
  • Digiduck’s Big Decision:  Digiduck and his friends explore what friendship and responsibility online looks like
  • Childnet International:  A wide range of resources for primary aged students  Including adventures with Digi Duck and Cara.