Netsafe wants all kids and their whanau to have a safe and positive time while using the internet and devices which is why we created the Family Safe Online Treaty. The Treaty helps families agree on some guidelines so can this be done. To get started read our advice below and then just download the Treaty that reflects the age of your child.


The Family Safe Online Treaty helps young people have better online experiences. It enables parents to have ongoing conversations about the ways to stay safe, what it means to your family and where your child will go in case something goes wrong online.

It is important parents feel confident having ongoing conversations with their child about their online activities, as these conversations have been proven to minimise the harm that may occur if things do go wrong online.

When you’re putting together a Family Safe Online Treaty try to make sure everyone contributes. Spend some time talking to your child about what being online means  in your family and the kinds of choices that you want them to make.


We have created three versions of the treaty to work with different age groups. Read through each one to ensure the language is at an appropriate level for your children before talking them through it. You may find that this is a good time to look at our conversation starters to get the ball rolling for your online safety discussions.

Family Online Safety Treaty for the under 10s

Online Safety Treaty for under 10s

Family Online Safety Treaty for intermediate school age children

Online Safety Treaty for intermediate ge children

Family Online Safety Treaty for older young people

Online Safety Treaty for teens


You’re currently within the ‘Agree’ section of our Online Safety Parent Toolkit where we suggest families agree on a code that best suits them.

This is the fourth step in our seven step framework designed to help parents and whānau with digital parenting in a rapidly changing world.  We recommend reading through each step of the Toolkit as this will guide you on how to support your child to confidently access digital opportunities and reduce online harm.


If you’re concerned about the immediate safety of you or someone else, please call 111. If you want help or expert incident advice, you can contact us. Our service is free, non-judgemental and available seven days a week.


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