Netsafe has created the Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to help parents and guardians get to a place where they are confident to engage with their children on the world of gaming. With eighty percent of children in New Zealand aged 8-17 having played games online, it’s important that parents and whānau are equipped to understand and help tamariki have safer experiences. This page lets you download a PDF copy of our Online Gaming Whanāu Toolkit to use as and when you need.


Netsafe’s Online Gaming Whānau Toolkit is a practical and straightforward seven-step framework to help parents whose tamariki use devices to play games and with digital parenting generally.

The downloadable version of the Toolkit offers easy-to-understand practical tips that will help you talk to your child about online safety, focused explicitly on online gaming. It includes:

  • Quickstarter tips for parents, whānau and young people
  • How purchasing within games occurs and how to avoid unwanted surprises on your credit card
  • Information to enhance your digital parenting knowledge
  • Details about the online risks and challenges your child may face
  • Advice about how you can help your child

It’s essential that parents feel confident to have ongoing conversations with their children about their online gaming activities, as these conversations have been proven to minimise the harm that can occur if things do go wrong online.

As you come to understand the risks that apply to your child in line with the games they play and the experience they’ve developed, you’ll be able to focus your energy where it makes a significant impact. It’s important that young people develop good online gaming habits.


Just click on the image below to download the Online Gaming Whānau Toolkit resource. The Online Whānau Gaming Toolkit is also available as accessible web content here.

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