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.

How do I become a Netsafe School?

Any school can join the Netsafe Schools Programme.

To become a Netsafe School, a self assessment using the online Safeguard Review Tool must be undertaken.

While some schools might just be starting out, many will meet the requirements to become a Netsafe School.

What do I need to do to become a Netsafe School?

In order to become a Netsafe School, a minimum level of ‘Establishing’ is required across the online Safeguard Review Tool.

The review tool is designed to help you review your school’s online safety practices.

If schools don’t meet the ‘Establishing’ threshold, the Safeguard Planner provides resources and a plan of action to help them prioritise development moving forward.

Why become a Netsafe School?

Being a Netsafe School demonstrates that your school has a commitment to planning for online safety and digital citizenship that is supported by Netsafe.

On becoming a Netsafe School we will provide you with a joining pack and a digital Netsafe Schools badge which you can share with your school community.

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.