We are hosting Netsafety Week again this year to help provide practical tools and harm prevention support to enable New Zealanders to get the most benefit – and the least harm – while living their digital lives.
This year’s Netsafety Week theme is:
Arming Aotearoa with the tools for positive online experiences
This year’s theme focuses on resilience and self-defence; building knowledge and tactical tools for an online world that remains imperfect.
The week will provide New Zealanders with opportunities to learn new skills, hear from industry experts, and discover new tools and education products.
During the week, focussed on harm prevention, we hope to provoke conversations around:
- the impact of social media on our professional and personal lives,
- how employers can support their staff online,
- how New Zealanders can arm themselves against the rise of scams,
- how to have more positive experiences on some of our most popular platforms, and
- tools for young people to lead positive change in their school communities.
When is Netsafety Week?
Netsafety Week will take place between 24 and 30 July 2023. There will be a variety of tools, webinars and education materials available throughout the week.
Netsafety Week Events Programme (subject to change):
Monday, 12.30pm NZST
Panel Webinar: Discussing content moderation and takedown dilemmas between freedom of expression and harmful content and other Human Rights [1 hour] *with NZ Sign Language Live Interpreter
Limited spaces. Register here to secure your place today.
Tuesday, 12pm NZST
Wednesday, 10am NZST
In this workshop, we introduce you the work of the ‘Tagging In Project’; including the free online resource that was created from interviews with social media admins in Aotearoa, and from a number of different communities, about their experiences.
New Zealand is ‘Closed to Harassment’!
This Netsafety Week, Netsafe is launching an online Social Media Self Defence Course called ‘Closed to Harassment’ as part of its mission to arm Aotearoa with the tools for positive online experiences. New Zealanders everywhere are being asked to be ‘Closed to Harassment’ for one hour on Friday, 28 July ideally at 10am to take part in the course by visiting closedtoharassment.co.nz
Online harassment is taking place on a daily basis, and for many New Zealanders avoiding online spaces is not an option as they need to build their profiles, their reputations, and share work with their peers to further their careers.
Scam Prevention for Seniors events nationwide
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
In person events in Nelson, Auckland and Christchurch
Netsafe ‘Scambassador’ Bronwyn Groot will present three in-person workshops in Auckland, Nelson, and Christchurch retirement villages (for residents only), along with a pre-recorded video supported by Chorus, as well as updating the Little Black Book of Scams free downloadable resource.
Netsafety Week Tools Launch List
CheckNetsafe.NZ Anti-Scam Tool
Scammers are so clever, it can be hard to tell what is real and what is fake. So, to try and help you sort the good deals from the good for-nothings, Netsafe has a smart new tool – checknetsafe.nz
Type in or copy and paste the web address link you want to check and within seconds you will know if the link is likely a scam or legitimate checknetsafe.nz
Little Black Book of Scams
Compiled by Bronwyn Groot, Netsafe ‘scambassador’ and NZ Anti-Fraud Award winner, the Little Black Book of Scams tells you almost everything you need to know about the most common scams targeting New Zealanders today. You can download a copy to read on your device or print it out to keep at home.
“Closed to Harassment” Online Course:
Our new, free, social media self-defence course covers:
- How to recognise online abuse and the impact it has on our working lives.
- How to set up your social media accounts and profiles with safety in mind.
- How to deal with online abuse through reporting and protecting your wellbeing. This includes information on the practical role Netsafe has in safeguarding New
Zealanders from online harm.
Find it here – closedtoharassment.co.nz
Youth Action Squad Toolkit for young leaders
Created by rangatahi, for rangatahi, this new interactive website (https://netsafeyas.nz) of resources launches to schools nationwide to enable students to create their own ‘YAS local leader’ groups and implement relevant, fun, online safety education and prevention initiatives within their school communities! Find out more about our Youth Action Squad here.
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Become a Netsafety Week sponsor
As a Not-for-Profit we rely on sponsorship support to make our annual online safety week the best it can be. If your business would like to partner with us by either sponsoring part of the week or offering in-kind support, please email [email protected]
The great news for individuals is, you now have the option to support Netsafe’s important work by making a koha donation via our Givealittle page https://givealittle.co.nz/org/netsafe
(or scan the QR code!)