From 10-11 November 2016, over 150 delegates with an interest in online safety came together for Confronting Online Harm Together (#netsafecoht) – New Zealand’s first conference focussed on harmful digital communications. Delegates represented online content hosts, government, educators, law enforcement and industry.

Some of the best local and international experts shared their unique insights and delegates talked about the ways to prevent and minimise online harm together. This discussion is particularly important as cyberbullying and online harassment is a growing issue in New Zealand.

Anyone who is experiencing online abuse, harassment and cyberbullying can get help from Netsafe thanks to the Harmful Digital Communications Act (the Act). Netsafe can now receive, assess and investigate complaints related to harmful digital communications.

The Confronting Online Harm Conference Highlights

It was fantastic to see so many people interested in online safety come together to share in discussions about the ways we can minimise online harm and help everyone have a positive online experience. View the conference highlights below.


White paper

Netsafe has led the way in New Zealand and overseas with its work defining digital citizenship. With the Act coming into force, there has never been a greater need for schools to take a proactive approach towards a whole school community promotion of digital citizenship, including online safety and wellbeing. This is why Netsafe was delighted to launch its revised position on digital citizenship in education at the conference, in its new white paper From literacy to fluency to citizenship: Digital Citizenship in Education.

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