Netsafe Schools

The Netsafe Schools Programme is new for 2018. The 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.

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

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

Becoming a Netsafe School is free, and schools opt into the programme themselves. To be a Netsafe School, a school must self-assess if they meet the ‘Establishing’ stage or higher across the seven Key Areas of the Netsafe Safeguard Programme – Students, Partnerships, Stewardship, Leadership, Curriculum, Professional Confidence and Inquiry and Review. The requirements to meet the Establishing level are outlined below. The programme is deliberately set up to enable all schools to join and many schools will already meet the requirements to be a Netsafe School.

How do I become a Netsafe School?

Schools can join the Netsafe Schools Programme using the Safeguard Review Tool. The review tool is a guided review of your  school’s online safety practices. If your school is at the ‘Establishing’ level or higher across the seven Key Areas in the Safeguard Review Tool, you’ll be automatically joined as a Netsafe School. If you don’t meet the requirements, you’ll be able to use the Safeguard Planner to create a plan of action to meet the Establishing level and you’ll be given resources to help you with planning.

Why become a Netsafe School?

Being a Netsafe School shows that your school has a commitment to planning for online safety and digital citizenship that is supported by Netsafe. Once you become a Netsafe School, you can use the Netsafe Schools badge. We’ll also provide you with a joining pack, so that you can let your school community know that you’ve become a Netsafe School and what it means. Netsafe Schools receive exclusive resources to customise and extend their online safety programme, and are offered special opportunities to pilot products, enter competitions and attend events.

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:

  • Our students understand their responsibilities around using digital technology in safe and responsible ways.
  • Our students participate in initiatives that promote positive use of digital technology.
  • Our students know how to access the support they need if they are involved in an online incident.
  • 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.
  • We provide professional learning focussed around digital technology for our staff.
  • 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.
  • We provide opportunities for all of our students to develop online safety knowledge and skills.
  • 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.
Become a Netsafe School today by using the Safeguard Review Tool online – it’s free to join.