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.
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.