Safeguard Surveys

Safeguard Surveys help schools and kura understand what students, staff and parents/whānau think and know about digital citizenship and online safety.

The surveys have been created to align with the Safeguard Review Tool and can be used to help inform reviews and to guide future planning.

The surveys will help schools and kura to identify what is important to the school community, and where gaps in knowledge or confidence might exist. The results will also help with identifying what the school community knows about a school’s existing online safety and digital citizenship practices.

Using the Surveys

There are three surveys – the student survey (Year 5 and upwards), the staff survey and the parent/whānau survey. The surveys that have been designed for each audience and the answers will be anonymous. You will need to have a My Kit school account to administer a Safeguard Survey, which is free and requires your school MoE number.

Sample questions

If I, or anyone I know experiences online challenge (e.g. bullying) at school:

  • I know who I can talk to about it.
  • I know how I can report it to someone at school confidentially (without anyone knowing it was me)

I am confident in: 

  • Responding to an online incident involving students, if needed.
  • Providing learning opportunities for students around online safety and digital citizenship.
  • The school has clearly communicated how I can contact the school, or report any concerns I might have about my child and the use of digital technology or online behaviours.
  • The school regularly asks about and provides me with information and supports about online safety and security.

Ethics

It’s important that ethical and wellbeing aspects are considered when gathering personal feedback. Schools should consider:

  • Consent (from students, staff or parents/ whānau).
  • Assurance that responses will be anonymous if using a survey.
  • Opportunity to opt out at any stage of a survey if students are uncomfortable with the process.
  • Information on what support is available should any student become concerned or upset for any reason throughout the process.
  • The intention for gathering information is communicated and includes how the outcomes will be shared with the staff, students, and parents/whānau.