Netsafe is committed to helping schools and kura plan for, and manage, digital citizenship and online safety. We have dedicated Education Advisors offering help, support and advice for schools and kura.

Netsafe’s Education Advisors

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Anjela Webster, Netsafe Education Advisor 

Anjela has worked in education for over 25 years. In this time, Anjela has taught across all school sectors from ECE to Secondary. She has held leadership roles as Director of Community Ed, HOD of Technology and Visual Arts, e-Learning and Syndicate leadership. Most recently, she completed her M.Ed, with a focus on young people and the supports available to help them navigate challenges and opportunities online.

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Pauline Spence, Netsafe Education Advisor 

Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in education, both in NZ and internationally. While always a classroom teacher at heart, in recent years she’s worked on large school improvement projects, as well as leading the development of professional learning programmes. Pauline thrives on working with educators to navigate the fast-evolving world of digital technology.

How does Netsafe support schools?

Netsafe works alongside schools, kura and Communities of Learning to develop digital citizenship and advise on online safety. We work with partners, agencies and organisations across the sector and are funded by the Ministry of Education to provide three key services to state and state-integrated schools.

We:

  • educate – to increase schools’ capability to develop digital citizens
  • respond – to help manage harm when incidents occur
  • advise across the sector – to strengthen approaches to online safety in New Zealand.

Does Netsafe visit schools?

Yes.  We work strategically with leaders and key lead staff in schools, kura and Communities of Learning (CoLs) and can facilitate sessions online via video conference and face-to-face in schools.

We work alongside leaders and key lead staff to develop digital citizenship and promote online safety.  We facilitate sessions where we offer support to:

  • understand their obligations in relation to safe, effective use of technology for learning
  • review their current position and develop strategic plans and policies for next steps
  • work in partnership with students and the community to support safe online behavior
  • grow staff capability in digital citizenship and online safety
  • connect with other organisations that can provide support

Contact us on education@netsafe.org.nz for more information and to discuss how Netsafe can support your school.

Does Netsafe work with parents?

Yes and No.  Our education resources are focused on professional learning approaches that are likely to make the greatest difference in schools and for stduents.  We focus on working strategically with leaders and key lead staff in schools and Communities of Learning (CoLs).  When we do engage with parents it is in support of this strategic approach.

Does Netsafe work directly with students?

No.  Netsafe’s policy is help schools focus on the most effective way to foster digital citizenship – this is in the context of effective learning and strong relationships that teachers already have with students and whānau.
We can

  • advise on learning design and how you can adapt your curriculum to suit your learners’ needs;
  • point you towards other useful resources and services.

Contact us on education@netsafe.org.nz for more information.

What resources can Netsafe provide?

Netsafe provides a number resources for schools related to digital citizenship. Links to these can be found here.

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Join other educators and talk with us in the Virtual Learning Network: Netsafe Group or via the Pond.

Contact Netsafe

For more information about how the Netsafe Education Team can help you, contact us on education@netsafe.org.nz

To report an online incident (e.g. scams, online bullying, harassment or abuse) or to get advice, contact us on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or complete our online contact form.

Netsafe’s contact centre is available to help from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on weekends.

If you’re in danger or a crime is being committed, call 111 immediately.

More advice and information

  1. The Netsafe Kit for Schools: Tools for schools to plan a whole of school approach to Digital Citizenship (Netsafe, 2014).
  2. Netsafe’s Digital Citizenship Capability Review Tool: A draft document to help schools review their current position and prioritise next steps.
  3. Digital Citizenship in Schools: A summary of important concepts for schools/kura (Netsafe).
  4. Responsible Use Agreements: Downloadable templates for staff, students and communities to use as a starting point for discussions.
  5. Contact Netsafe if you’d like further help on 0508 NETSAFE, or by emailing queries@netsafe.org.nz