Netsafe’s Youth Action Squad (YAS) equips young people with the knowledge and skills to spark discussion, plan initiatives, lead activities and enact positive change around the online safety issues that affect them.

The YAS are passionate young people aged between 14-20 who are driven to become online safety role models within their peer groups, schools and communities. They also help reduce incidents of online harm by:

  • Improving online safety knowledge
  • Creating meaningful discussion
  • Empowering other young people
  • Collaborating with people who can make a difference

Find out more about the Youth Action Squad including some of the activities they’ve undertaken and what’s involved in the program.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN THE YOUTH ACTION SQUAD

If you are a young person or a school wanting to sign-up for details about the YAS,  register your interest now and we’ll let you know when more information is available. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email yas@netsafe.org.nz. 

Young people

Applications for the nationwide Youth Action Squad will open soon. We’ll provide the training if you’re interested in being part of the YAS so you don’t need to have experience doing something like this – you just need to be motivated. Check out the 2020 YAS induction to get excited! 

Schools

Schools play an integral role in the success of this important youth-led program. We know from our pilot that a YAS members requires the support of their school and a teacher to successfully implement the program in their school. The good news is that Netsafe will either provide or co-develop the content that is delivered by the YAS and we actively support them and their schools throughout the year.

When young people complete their application form, they will be asked to list a contact teacher. If your student lists you as their contact person Netsafe will only contact you if your student’s application was successful. When we do contact you, it will be to understand how to best support you (and your school) to integrate the YAS program into your current activities. Email us if you’d like to know more about how Netsafe will support schools with a Youth Action Squad member.

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE YOUTH ACTION SQUAD HIGHLIGHTS

The YAS have been busy participating in amazing opportunities and taking action around online safety themes within their schools. Check out the video below to see what they’ve been up to! 

 


Some of our 
YAS members also contributed their thoughts on the online world we want for eSafety19 – the annual conference Netsafe co-hosts with Australia’s Office of the eSafety Commissioner. 

Watch Bhaj

Watch Kelly

Watch Sarisha

Watch Dom

Find out more about YAS now including some of the activities undertaken and what’s involved in the programme.