Netsafe Schools Overview

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. The entire programme is supported by the Netsafe Schools Framework. 

Netsafe Schools Framework

The Netsafe Schools Framework supports schools including kura looking to establish safe online learning environments. It identifies seven key areas that schools should focus on as it assists students to:

  • Be confident in their identity, language and culture as a citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Become socially and emotionally competent and resilient
  • Become a successful lifelong learner
  • Participate and contribute confidently in a range of contexts to shape a sustainable world for the future.

The Netsafe Schools Framework reflects the growing understanding that digital citizenship is central to effective learning and wellbeing – and the importance of evaluation in school and Community of Learning transformation.

The seven Key Areas in the framework are informed by ERO’s Wellbeing Indicators.

 

KEY AREA SUMMARY TARGET STATE
 Students Ākonga Involving students in online safety. Our students are active partners, driving initiatives, and accessing support when required.
 Partnerships Mahi ngātahi Working with parents, whānau, iwi, community and other agencies. Our school is actively partnering with parents, whānau, iwi, community and support agencies.
Stewardship Kaitiakitanga Considering requirements and use when providing access to digital technologies. Our use of digital technology considers our statutory requirements, our values and vision, and equity.
  Leadership Hautūtanga Leading the learning and providing support and procedures. Our policies, technologies, and incident management processes support the safe use of technology.
  Curriculum Marau Supporting students to develop online safety skills. We maximise the opportunities for students to develop online safety skills and become digital citizens.
 Professional Confidence Te tū māia Building professional knowledge, competence and confidence. Our staff can integrate online safety into learning programmes, model online safety confidently, and effectively respond to incidents.
 Inquiry and Review Te aromātai Reviewing and reflecting on current practice and identifying next steps. We regularly review our online safety programme drawing on a range of information sources.

Netsafe school resources

The Netsafe Schools Programme offers resources including a review tool and surveys to help schools self-assess their current practices to identify strengths and improvement opportunities. The tools allow you to:

Survey

Before beginning a review, we recommend gathering perspectives from your school community including staff, students, parents and whānau. The Netsafe Schools Surveys have been created specifically to support schools to do this.

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Review

The Netsafe Schools Review Tool allows you to self-assess your school’s current practices, programmes and identify priority areas. If you meet the ‘Establishing’ baseline requirements you automatically become a Netsafe School upon completing the tool.

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Plan

You can create a bespoke action plan using the results from your Netsafe Schools Review Tool to develop a Netsafe Schools Planner. The planner will link you to a variety of resources to help your school manage and respond to online safety, digital citizenship and wellbeing.

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When schools commit to the Framework and implement an ongoing focus on the key areas, they can be assured they are doing everything they can to safeguard their school, students and staff from the harm of online safety challenges.