Memes  on the New Zealand internet are a great way to connect with whanau and friends and often are an easy way to share positive messaging. They are used everyday and in nearly possible way. The most successful memes are relatable and get reposted over and over again.

Where are memes used across the internet in New Zealand?

Memes can be used nearly anyway – on social media, on webpages, in presentations or even text messages all over the New Zealand internet. They often appeal to a variety of audiences and are reshared or edited so there are new instances of existing memes. They can be pictures or videos and have the ability to make people smile.

Are they all funny?

Not all memes are funny nor do they need to be to be successful. They do share similar traits and often reflect popular culture or newstrends.

How do you create them to be online in New Zealand?

There are thousands of accounts across the internet in New Zealand dedicated to finding memes online or you can search for them in your social media app like on Instagram. You can also create your own using sites like Meme Generator or Meme Creator. Know your meme allows you to track, research and report on popular memes.

You can even find sites such as Know Your Meme that actively track, research, and report on the genealogy, forms, and popularity of memes.

What’s the best way to use memes?

Netsafe’s two golden rules of using memes are:

  1. Meme for good: Only use memes to communicate in positive or engaging ways
  2. Meme responsibly: Think about the person receiving the meme (bullying takes many forms)

Some of Netsafe’s favourite memes

Meme that says you're just kidding. Jokes that mock someone's appearance (or whatever) aren't very funnyMeme with a man sitting in a chair saying I don't always see people getting bullied, but when I do, I come to their rescue

Meme of a car with a licence plate that says No bullyingMeme featuring two people with heading that says Online harassment, we don't do that here.

What happens if a meme joke is taken too far?