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

The programme will kick-off in Auckland in 2020 and we will slowly roll it out to the rest of the country. You can still apply now if you’re outside of Auckland, but we will not be interviewing for the nationwide roles just yet.

YAS participants gain valuable experiences and can improve skills in youth leadership, mentorship, public speaking, event planning and community action. They also have the opportunity to meet online safety experts and people from Google, Instagram and Facebook who share the drive to improve the online space.

Apply now

If you have an interest in digital tech (hello gamers, You Tubers, Snapchatters, Tweeters and Insta lovers), coming up with solutions, meeting new people and helping others then you might be a perfect fit for YAS! We provide the training you’ll need so you don’t have to have experience doing something like this – you just need to be motivated.

Applications are now closed. More information will be available mid-year.


Schools play an integral role in the success of this important youth-led approach. We know from our pilot that the YAS require the support of their school and a teacher to successfully implement the programme in their school. Netsafe will either provide or co-develop the content that will be delivered and will be supporting the YAS 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 we can best support you (and your school) to integrate the YAS programme into your current activities. Email us if you’d like to know more about how Netsafe will support schools.

It would be great if you could help us get spread the word about the YAS by displaying the YAS Recruitment Poster.

Check out some of the 2019 YAS highlights

Netsafe piloted our Youth Action Squad with eight young people from around the country. The pilot and what this squad achieved was so successful that we’re introducing a comprehensive YAS programme in 2020.


The YAS also contributed their thoughts on the online world we want for eSafety19 – the annual conference we co-host 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.