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On 7 February Safer Internet Day was celebrated around the world. It was fantastic to see organisations and people from all over the country sharing online safety resources and advice. Thank you to everyone who participated in promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology in New Zealand.
As many of you will know, the Netsafe team expanded last year to include a dedicated Education Team. One of the focus areas for our Education Team is to review the Netsafe Kit for Schools. This will be a collaborative and iterative process, beginning with a pilot being run in March.
Lastly, I’d like to thank those of you who took part in the Netsafe Online Safety Survey. Your feedback will help us to provide a service that encourages people to confidently access digital opportunities and prevent online harm.  
Martin Cocker
Chief Executive Officer

Netsafe education update

Netsafe’s Education Team has started work on the first update to the Netsafe Kit for Schools in five years. The team are taking a ‘test and learn’ approach and will be piloting sections of the kit with schools and kura.

The first pilot involves a tool to help schools review the strategies, processes and resourcing they have in place to support digital citizenship and student wellbeing. 

Our Education Team has worked closely with CORE Education and a team of researchers to develop the draft tool.

There are over 50 schools participating in the pilot which runs in March/April. If your school would like to join them please email Karen Spencer, Director of Education, by Friday 3 March.

Staying Safe Online Quick Guide 

If you haven’t already seen it, take a look at the Staying Safe Online Guide created for Safer Internet Day.

The guide is full of tips for staying safe online from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Trade Me and Netsafe.

You’ll also find the Our Lives Online 2017 infographic created for the day featuring Richie McCaw and Lorde.  
View the guide

Online Safety Partnership Grant 

Applications for the first round of Netsafe’s Online Safety Partnership Grant close on 24 March 2017.
The grant scheme provides financial support to research, projects and service initiatives that relate to harmful digital communications.
If you have an idea to help reduce online bullying, abuse or harassment find out how the grant could help.
Apply now

Tips for online gaming

Recently we’ve been hearing about the dangers of online gaming and chatting for children. Although no online platform is 100% safe, there are things that can be done to help keep kids safe online. We have tips and advice on our website to help parents with online gaming safety. 
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