Safeguard Review Tool

The Safeguard Review Tool is an online guided review of how schools and kura are planning for online safety and digital citizenship. The review tool also helps schools to identify which areas to focus on in future planning to make the biggest impact for their school community.

The Safeguard Review Tool will help you to:

  • Review how well your school is planning for online safety and digital citizenship.
  • Get an overview of your school’s planning, strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Identify the areas that your school could focus on in future planning and consider what next steps are needed.
  • Use your review results to create an online safety and digital citizenship plan using the Safeguard Planner.
  • Find out if your school is eligible to be part of the Netsafe Schools Programme.

Joining the Netsafe Schools Programme is free and becoming a Netsafe School shows that your school has a commitment to planning for online safety and digital citizenship that is supported by Netsafe.

How the review works

There are seven Key Areas that will be looked at across the review.


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For each Key Area, there are 2-4 Indicators of Effective Practice that describe groups of practices and activities needed for digital citizenship and online safety planning in schools and kura. Schools can assess which stage they’re planning is at by choosing from four options – Scoping, Establishing, Extending and Optimising.

To be a Netsafe School, a school must meet the Establishing stage or higher across the seven Key Areas.


Areas of focus have been identified, but not yet implemented. Indicators marked as scoping should be considered high priority areas for your school.


Approaches across the school are defined and documented. These are areas that you have covered the basics for, but could adjust or add activities to make your approach more proactive and strategic.


Planning is proactive, and policies and procedures are well-defined, documented, and clearly communicated across the school community. Approaches are planned with staff, students and community in mind and there are some opportunities for them to shape planning.


Planning is viewed as a strategic initiative including reviewing and improving activities. Policies and procedures are well-defined, documented, consistently implemented and reviewed for improvement. Online safety and digital citizenship approaches are created with staff, students and community.

How to use the Review Tool

You can use the Safeguard Review Tool in a group or as an individual, and you will need to create a My Kit account.

We recommend that you gather your school community’s views about your online safety and digital citizenship planning before starting your review. This will give you results that are more accurate and useful for your future planning. You can do this using the Safeguard Surveys.

PDF version of the Review Tool

There is also a PDF version of the Safeguard Review Tool, but we recommend that you use the online version of the tool so that you can keep a digital record of your schools’ results. Using the online version also means you will be able to use the Safeguard Planner and join the Netsafe Schools Programme.