There has never been a greater need for schools to take a proactive approach towards whole school community promotion of digital citizenship, including online safety and wellbeing, than there is now.  The internet affords new ways of working and learning, and in turn, new challenges are emerging and evolving for young people and those who support them.

Online safety and digital citizenship skills are not developed in isolation, and need to be integrated into schools’ strategic planning and deliberately planned for across the school.

The following resources may be useful when developing a proactive, strategic approach to digital citizenship and online safety for your whole school.

They can be used to:

  • understand your stewardship obligations
  • talk about what is important and appropriate in your school community
  • put in place incident response processes and secure systems
  • help develop everyone’s capabilities.

Stewardship: Know your responsibilities


Strategic Planning for Digital Citizenship and Online Safety

  • The Netsafe Kit for Schools: Tools for schools to plan a whole of school approach to Digital Citizenship (Netsafe, 2014).
  • Netsafe’s Digital Citizenship Capability Review Tool: to help schools review current position and progress.
  • Digital Citizenship in Schools: A downloadable White Paper of important concepts for schools/kura (Netsafe).
  • Responsible Use Agreements: Downloadable templates for staff, students and communities to use as a starting point for discussions.
  • Enabling e-Learning: A one-stop shop for planning for and use digital technology in schools and kura (Ministry of Education, NZ).
  • Connected Learning Advisory—Te Ara Whītiki: A free service for schools and kura offering consistent, unbiased advice on integrating technology with learning (Ministry of Education & CORE Education)
  • BullyingFreeNZ: A resource for schools and families provided by the Ministry’s Bullying Prevention Advisory Group.
  • Videos and schools’ stories:
    • Apiti School: Four video stories on how the school takes a balanced, holistic view to preparing digital citizens.
    • Wellington High School: Wellington High School DP, Dominic Killalea explains their Digital Citizenship programme, which begins at Year 9.
    • Albany Senior High: Albany Senior High School deputy principal Miranda Makin describes how digital citizenship teaching is embedded within classroom practice.
    • Manaiakalani Cybersmart: The ‘Cybersmart’ curriculum is embedded in the Manaiakalani goals and supports their learn, create, share pedagogy.

Managing incidents

Supporting Staff

  • PPTA Guide on Digital Communication: This downloadable guide has been developed by the PPTA’s ICT Advisory Group as assistance for teachers in their use of these technologies (PPTA, 2014)
  • Teachers and Social Media: Resources and videos to support discussion about the Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers and its relationship with social media (Education Council, 2014)
  • Digital Fluency PLD: Access centrally-funded professional learning in digital fluency through the Ministry of Education.

Technology and systems

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