Netsafe Schools

The Netsafe Schools programme helps schools establish, develop and promote online safety in their school community. A Netsafe School can proudly use the Netsafe Schools badge to show their school community they have a strong commitment to online safety. Any school can join the programme, and many will already have in place the practices needed to be a Netsafe School.

Why become a Netsafe School?

•  It demonstrates a school’s commitment to online safety, citizenship and wellbeing that this is supported by Netsafe.

•  Students, whānau, staff and Boards can feel confident that the whole school community has the knowledge and capability to create a safe online environment.

What are the entry requirements?

To become a Netsafe School, you need to meet criteria that indicates there are baseline practices in place across the school. This is indicated as ‘Establishing’ or any stage higher across the seven key areas of the Netsafe Schools Framework.  A school starting out can work towards these stages and the Netsafe Schools Planner is designed to help this process. You can undertake another review at any stage when ready to do so. 

How do I join the programme?

Any school can join the Netsafe Schools Programme by creating a My Kit account and using the online Netsafe Schools Review Tool. The tool helps schools to assess if they have the baseline practices needed. Joining is free and easy. Simply:

  1. Create a My Kit account and include your MoE number
  2. Complete the Netsafe Schools Review Tool
  3. Access the Netsafe School welcome pack in your My Kit account

If you meet the baseline requirements you will automatically become a Netsafe School and will receive a Welcome Pack, and the digital Netsafe School badge.

If you don’t meet the requirements to join the programme, use the Netsafe School Planner to find resources to help develop areas that don’t meet the ‘Establishing’ stage, and once underway, undertake another review.

Become a Netsafe School today by using the Safeguard Review Tool online – it’s free to join.

What is a Netsafe School?

A Netsafe School is a school who has self-assessed themselves to meet the ‘Establishing’ stage or higher across all seven Key Areas of the Netsafe Safeguard Framework. A Netsafe School agrees with the following statements:

  • We provide opportunities for all our students to develop online safety knowledge and skills.
  • We review our incident response procedures regularly and after an online incident occurs.
  • We provide professional learning for our staff, focussed on the safe and responsible use of digital technology
  • We communicate with parents, whānau and community to explain why/how we use digital tech.

  • We are aware of the external partner organisations to contact if an online incident occurs and document this in our processes – e.g., Netsafe, NZ Police, other schools, social workers, mental health services and regional MoE/Special response teams.
  • Our Board is aware of relevant legislation (e.g. NAG 5 responsibilities and its relevance to online safety, the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 and Health and Safety Systems for Schools).
  • Our Board has the opportunity to develop their understanding of digital citizenship and online safety, and the importance of these for all students and staff.
  • Our Board understands the value of technology as a tool to support learning.
  • We have policies and guidelines related to the use of digital technology in place.
  • Our policies and guidelines are promoted and shared across the school community.
  • Our students participate in initiatives that promote positive use of digital technology.
  • We have documented procedures to respond to digital-related issues when they occur.
  • We consider the safety and security of staff and students in the design and implementation of our technology infrastructure.
  • Our students know how to access the support they need if they are involved in an online incident.
  • Our school provides some opportunities for developing online safety and digital citizenship activities with our students.
  • We have discussed ethics and standards and their application in our approach to digital technology.
  • We understand what digital citizenship is and how it relates to our vision, curriculum and graduate profile.
  • We identify possible issues/risks related to students’ use of digital technology.
  • We have a documented plan to develop online safety in our school which covers all aspects of building and maintaining a safe environment for staff, students and community.
  • We review our incident response procedures after serious online incidents occur.
  • We consider how students’ and their whānau experience digital technology in our online safety planning process.