This section provides school leaders with background information and context related to the wider online safety space in New Zealand. It includes information about key New Zealand legislation, the safe use of ICT systems, and guides around the safe and responsible use of digital technology, bullying prevention and response strategies and copyright.
This section covers relevant New Zealand legislation for schools including the Harmful Digital Communications Act, the Privacy Act and a list of both civil and criminal laws related to online behaviours such as objectionable material, restricted material, blackmail, discrimination, online grooming and more.
Computer security is a requirement for a safe and secure school. Teacher and student owned ICT have created new challenges in ensuring that devices are protected from malware, like viruses and spyware, as well as spam. This section provides schools including kura, with clear guidelines around setting up a secure online environment.
The guides in this section contain information and advice relevant to both online safety and digital citizenship. There are guides for safe and responsible use of digital technology, bullying prevention and response strategies and copyright in schools including kura.
Netsafe is committed to better understand the way children and young people use digital technology and online spaces and how to reduce online harm.
This section includes links to some of Netsafe’s recent research as well as our white paper which unpacks our model for developing digital fluency and digital citizenship and underpins Netsafe’s approach to online safety in schools including kura.