Whatever trouble the internet throws at you this Christmas, Netsafe can help. Check out our advice below or call 0508 NETSAFE.


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:

12 scooters charging

Not only do you need to be aware of your physical safety when scootering (don’t drink and ride home!), it’s also important to know how to stay safe online especially when downloading the app to get started. There are simple things you can do to protect the data you’re disclosing.

11 Fortnite battles

Fortnite has become ubiquitous amongst many young people. Players who compete in the Battle Royale version are dropped onto the game map and compete with other players to be the last one standing. If you want to know more, check out our advice

10 screen time tantrums

Not all screen time has been created equally. Parents need to understand how their children use the internet to be able to decide how much time they’d like their kids to be spending online. It can be hard to know where to start so get our tips to help manage screen time.

9 dancing selfies

People are sharing and submitting content – sometimes without thinking through what this means for their digital footprint. Find out how to protect your identity before posting your next selfie.

8 shows a streaming

Live streaming is gaining popularity and lets people watch what they want when they want. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you live stream safely.

7 fake news stories

In a world where fake news is now part of our lives, it’s important that people know how to fact check what they’re seeing online. Learning how to identify what’s real and what’s fake is a key element of online safety.

6 gifts gone missing

The last thing anyone wants is a dud deal, products that never show up, or credit card details in the wrong hands. With a bit of know-how and planning, you can be smarter and safer when shopping online.

5 golden memes

There is a lot of information online about using memes to connect with whanau and friends, bridge age gaps and to share positive messaging. We’ve broken down the meme basics.

4 bumble matches

Dating apps and websites can be a fun way to meet new people, but it’s important to stay safe while you swipe. Read our top tips for online dating websites and apps.

3 TikTok cringes

TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media platforms (possibly the fastest growing major platform this year). We’ve put together some tips to help you understand more.

2 many scams

Online scams can disrupt and harm the lives of those people who are impacted. The good news is that there are often similar characteristics to most scams so there are things you can look out for to stay safe. Check out Netsafe’s guide to scam spotting now.

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