Netsafe LIVE VLN

Netsafe LIVE VLN

Netsafe is hosting a free Netsafe LIVE series with VLN Primary School! Join Netsafe as we unpack the risks, challenges and opportunities of digital tech and online spaces, and ways we can help young people to be safe online. There are sessions for school leaders and educators, parents and whānau.

The series will include three sessions for school leaders and educators.  Each session will look at different aspects of a school-wide approach to online safety and will highlight key resources, tools and guidance available.  Sessions will share some of Netsafe’s latest research as well and providing tasks attendees can take away to complete between sessions.

At the end of the Netsafe LIVE series there will be an online safety information session for parents and whānau.



Date & Time

Sessions for school leaders and educators

Session 1: Dates TBC

Session 2: Dates TBC

Session 3: Dates TBC

Parent information session

Date TBC


via VLN Primary School Zoom platform

School leaders and educators

Learning and Leading in a Changing Landscape – approaches to developing online safety, digital citizenship and wellbeing across the school.

Session 1

Schools are increasingly challenged by the complexities of preparing young people for the digital world, providing safe digital environments for learning and teaching and the need to prepare students for the world they engage in right now, both offline and online.

This session will explore ways leaders can engage all areas of the school in online safety initiatives and approaches.  There will be the opportunity to unpack and use the Netsafe Schools Review Tool and look at how this can be used to support schools to develop shared understandings around online safety, digital citizenship and wellbeing.  We will start to prioritise what’s on top, and to identify and plan for next steps.

Knowledge and information pertinent to schools and kura about our young people in NZ, sourced from Netsafe’s research team, will be woven through the session.

Session 2

The online space is an exciting and rapidly evolving place however despite every effort to be safe, sometimes things don’t go to plan, and often it’s the school who are looked to for support. What are some of the challenges our young people face? What is the research telling us? How can we deal with issues that arise online?

This session will look at Netsafe’s most recent online safety research into how young people are interacting and using online spaces and also provide opportunities to discuss what schools are currently seeing.  We will explore a school’s duty of care when online harm occurs, how schools can support and what schools need to have in place to help manage incidents when they arise.

We will also unpack the Harmful Digital Communications Act and looking at its implications for young people and schools.

Session 3

Digital technology is a key part of many learning environments and schools and kura play a pivotal role in helping young people develop the skills, knowledge, and values needed to make safe, responsible and informed choices online.

Schools are busy places and there’s not a lot of space in the day to add anything new so this session will look at online challenges and opportunities students face, and ways to develop ‘digital’ capabilities across the curriculum. We will discuss the attitudes, values, skills and knowledge young people need as they navigate online spaces and identify familiar frameworks to inform classroom approaches.


Parents and Whānau

Powerful Partnerships – working together to support young people as they navigate the online world.

Online safety for parents and whānau is more important than ever. As young people and children begin to spend more time online, it’s important that parents help them build their knowledge of the online environment and develop emotional and social capabilities to help them make safe and responsible choices when they are online.

So, how do you get started? This session is for parents and whānau who are caring for young people of all ages – from preschool to teenagers – and will look at how to support children and young people as they navigate opportunities, challenges and complexities online.