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Join The Compliments Campaign for Safer Internet Day 2016

Hey you! Yes, you, the good looking one. You’re awesome!

It’s time to get positive and feel good, people. We want you to help drive a day of unfettered flattery on Safer Internet Day, 9 February 2016. We’re turning New Zealand’s happy dial to full blast for a day of giving and receiving compliments for no better reason than it feels great.

You got me. Sign me up!

To make this happen, we need young activators from all around the country. Firstly, spread the word prior to the day to your friends, your classmates and your family, then we’ll be asking you to send a compliment on Safer Internet Day. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to do. All you need to do is register below now, and join the movement.

Be part of the Compliments Campaign and register today!

The Compliments Campaign is an idea that came from last year’s Web Rangers competition and is also seen in this year’s winning entries. Tip from Christchurch developed a compliments machine as part of his winning entry, Project Positive.

Other Web Rangers made campaigns about the power of unsolicited online compliments to make people feel good. Some even figured that if it works for one person at a time, imagine how good the whole country would feel if you guys all sent compliments to everyone you know on the same day. And so, a Compliments Campaign for Safer Internet Day was born.

If you want to be part of New Zealand’s greatest ever explosion of online feel good factor, fill out this form and join other teens to start spreading the love online.

To contact you about the programme

Web Rangers is a programme to help Kiwi teens campaign for the safe use of the Internet in a creative way.

Participants create campaigns that promote positive online behaviour using any digital medium - YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Snapchat - whatever medium best carries the message.

In July we held workshops around the country to help young people kick off their campaigns.

If you missed out on the workshops we’ve got all the stuff we learned right here in video form - super helpful for making your campaigns come to life.

Being a Web Ranger means you’re helping your peers understand how to be safe online. Your campaign could be about anything from staying positive, to protecting your privacy, to not falling victim to online scams.

If you have any questions we’re hosting Google Hangouts every Saturday at 3pm between now and the 21 August deadline. To take part in the Hangout, go to the Web Rangers Facebook page for details just before 3pm on the Saturday and click the link. Easy as!

You can also email us on

Whether you’re planning a video, a Facebook campaign, or something else entirely, you’ll submit your campaign video, documents, photos and other media to us by email or through Google Drive (share with

For inspiration, look no further than the three winning entries from last year:

  • Hayley Smith from Auckland’s Te Kura

    Social Experiment - Queen St, Auckland (Anonymous Voice)

    Hayley came up with the idea of doing a social experiment to see how people would react to having both insults and compliments yelled at them on a busy Auckland street. Her video already got over 70,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks.

    Angus Slade from Wellington

    Animation and song - If Life Was Like The Web and Behind the Scenes “making of” video

    Reflecting on his personal experience with bullying in the classroom, Angus decided to enter the Web Rangers campaign in a bid to reach out to other victims. Not a fan of “serious” messages, he spent more than 100 hours drawing, learning animation and producing a humourous song.

    Tip Varnakomala from Burnside High School, Christchurch

    Compliment generator and website - Project Positive

    Tip became a Web Ranger after getting fed up by the negative comments and behaviour on social media. He says he and his friends have experienced insults and bullying behaviour online. Using the programming language javascript, Tip decided to build a ‘compliment machine’ to counter the lack of positive comments online.

    Project Positive

We’ve got MPs and last year’s winners judging the best entrants. The top campaign makers could win Chromebooks, Nexus mobile phones, and Chromecasts. The creators of the top internet safety campaigns from each city will also win a trip to Sydney where they’ll be able to present their campaign to Google executives.


What is Web Rangers?

Web Rangers is a programme for teenagers to think of creative ways to get the message through to their peers about being safe and secure online. There are great prizes to win and fun workshops to attend. It’s run by NetSafe, Sticks ‘n Stones and Google NZ.

What do I do as a Web Ranger?

Web Rangers come up with campaigns to communicate with their peers about being secure and safe online. Web Rangers create their campaign in six weeks from [date] to [date], that sells a message about online safety and security. Last year’s top Web Rangers’ campaigns can be seen by visiting:

What are the prizes?

The creators of the best campaigns could win Chromebooks, Nexus Mobile Phones and Chromecasts while the top two in the country will win a trip to Sydney where they’ll get the opportunity to pitch their winning concepts to Google Executives.

How do I become a Web Ranger?

If you’re 14 to 17 years-old, you can register at and then get to work on your campaign straight away. It’s that simple. If you are able to attend a workshop in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch then we’d love to see you, but it isn’t compulsory for all Web Rangers.

Tell me about the workshops?

The workshops are being held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You’ll get the chance to meet Instagram star Liam WaveRider, YouTube sensation Caito Potatoe and comedian Rhys Mathewson. You’ll also receive expert advice on marketing, safety and security online and social media.

What do you mean campaign? What do I have to make?

Campaigns can be just about anything you can think of for getting the message across about online safety and security. Last year there were YouTube videos, experiments on the streets of Auckland, billboards, online compliment generators, original songs, and in-school events. You can see some of the winning campaigns from last year at

Who’s judging?

We have lined up MPs from most of the political parties plus one of last year's winners Angus Slade who will be judging.

How long do I have to make my campaign?

You’ll have six weeks from the launch of the workshops - so that means they’ll need to be complete by 09 August.