June saw Web Rangers NZ enter its second year with the launch of the Web Rangers 2015 competition.

Web Rangers NZ is a programme developed by Google and NetSafe, and run this year in conjunction with the wonderful people from Stick ‘n’ Stones. The programme was first run by Google in Israel.

Essentially it gives young people an opportunity to think about the best way to promote online safety to their friends, peers and even young people that they have never met.

The competition this year asked them to develop an online safety campaign that can be used to promote good digital citizenship practices and safe use of the Internet in a creative way using any digital medium – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat – whatever medium best carried the message.

The Web Rangers programme recognises the important role that young people can play in developing a positive culture and environment online to enhance the experience of others as they take advantage of all the benefits that the online space can offer.
The first competition saw an incredible standard of entries and this year we have seen some really positive messages being promoted by the competition entrants.

A series of workshops were held around the country to bring Web Rangers together so that they could meet each other, share ideas, and get some advice and guidance from some ”older” people who specialise in a range of fields from online safety through to video production and advertising. More than 600 young people attended the workshops this year, and the feedback has been really positive.

But Web Rangers is more than simply a competition, it is about capturing the energy, the enthusiasm and the voice of young people who are passionate about online safety, and providing them with a support mechanism to keep up the momentum that they have built.

We’ll keep you up to date as the programme grows. You can find out more by visiting www.netsafe.org.nz/webrangers