Student user agreements, once characterised by details of prohibited behaviours and activities, now focus on preparation, participation and encouraging both responsibility and accountability.
Netsafe’s standard user agreements have been designed to 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 regular student and community communications.