Student user agreements have been a cornerstone of online safety in schools and kura since the early 2000’s. Early agreements were characterised by details of prohibited behaviours and activities. Today the focus of online safety programmes is about preparation and participation, and encouraging both responsibility and accountability.
Netsafe has prepared a standard agreement for lower primary, upper primary/intermediate, and secondary students. These are designed to outline and promote a culture of online safety, and can support discipline processes if necessary.
To maximise their value, it is recommended that the student user agreement be developed or customised in conjunction with students and where possible family and whānau.
Student and parent/whānau signatures are not required for the user agreement to support any discipline processes. However, the school or kura must be confident that all students have been made aware of the responsibilities and expectations and what each means in practice.
The student user agreement should not be used as a set and forget safety tool. Schools are encouraged to promote and reinforce responsibilities and expectations through student and community communications.