A single set of rules will not help independent young people behave appropriately online. User agreements are only a starting point if we want to help young people grow their confidence. We need to start by discussing ideas with them and their families/whanau and teach digital citizenship concepts as part of our curriculum.

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

  • Weave resources appropriately through your local curriculum programme (rather than exploring 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 with students, whanau, and families about what is important and appropriate in your school community
  • Use resources as prompts to think about and agree on appropriate behaviours with learners.

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.

Videos to stimulate discussion

Netsafe recommends that resources are embedded in safe, positive school approaches and all points of view are explored, based on students’ own experiences.


  • Sticks and Stones: A podcast and article exploring how a youth led group of students tackles online bullying (RadioNZ, 2016)


  • OWLS: Wise Words on Privacy:  Resources and activities to weave into curriculum programmes (Netsafe & Office of the Privacy Commissioner, 2015) – up to Year 9


  • So You Got Naked Online:  Helpful advice for young people and families about sexting, with next steps (Netsafe & UK Safer Internet Centre, 2015) – intermediate and up
  • Picture This (Drama activity about sexting): A practical educational sexting resource that addresses and questions the sensitive issue of sending sexually explicit messages or photos electronically — with introductory video (UK Safer Internet Centre, 2013) – intermediate and up

Responsible behaviour & cybersafety

Standalone lesson plans

Netsafe recommends that ‘stand alone’ digital citizenship activities are integrated into local curriculum contexts and inquiry.

  • Stand-alone lesson plans: Secondary: A collection of activities to be woven into teaching on a variety of digital citizenship issues (Office of the Privacy Commissioner, 2015) – note: these are aligned to the Australian curriculum.