Netsafe Schools Overview

Any school can join the Netsafe Schools Programme by creating a My Kit account and completing the Netsafe Schools Review Tool. The Tool helps schools understand their current online safety, citizenship and wellbeing practices. The entire programme is supported by the Netsafe Schools Framework.

Netsafe Schools Framework

The Netsafe Schools Framework supports schools and kura looking to establish safe online learning environments. It identifies seven key areas that schools should focus on as it helps students to:

  • Be confident in their identity, language and culture as a citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Become socially and emotionally competent and resilient
  • Become successful lifelong learners
  • Participate and contribute in various contexts to help shape a sustainable world

The Framework reflects the growing understanding that citizenship is central to effective learning and wellbeing – and the importance of review in the process of transformation in schools, kura and Community of Learning. The seven Key Areas in the framework are informed by ERO’s Wellbeing Indicators.

The seven Key Areas in the framework are informed by ERO’s Wellbeing Indicators.


 Students Ākonga Involving students in online safety. Our students are active partners, driving initiatives, and accessing support when required. The Netsafe Youth Action Squad programme helps Netsafe Schools to successfully achieve this key are
 Partnerships Mahi ngātahi Working with parents, whānau, iwi, community and other agencies. Our school is actively partnering with parents, whānau, iwi, community and support agencies. Netsafe’s Online Safety Parent Toolkit offers plenty of free content for school’s to share with their community to help improve digital parenting
Stewardship Kaitiakitanga Considering requirements and use when providing access to digital technologies. Our use of digital technology considers our statutory requirements, our values and vision, and equity.
  Leadership Hautūtanga Leading the learning and providing support and procedures. Our policies, technologies, and incident management processes support the safe use of technology.
  Curriculum Marau Supporting students to develop online safety skills. We maximise the opportunities for students to develop online safety skills and become digital citizens.
 Professional Confidence Te tū māia Building professional knowledge, competence and confidence. Our staff can integrate online safety into learning programmes, model online safety confidently, and effectively respond to incidents.
 Inquiry and Review Te aromātai Reviewing and reflecting on current practice and identifying next steps. We regularly review our online safety programme drawing on a range of information sources.

Netsafe school resources

The Netsafe Schools programme offers resources that enables schools to assess their current practices.


Before beginning a review, we recommend gathering feedback from your staff, students, parents and whānau. The Netsafe Schools Surveys have been created specifically to support schools with this.




The Netsafe Schools Review Tool allows you to assess your school’s current online safety practices. It helps you to identify the areas you’re performing well in and the areas you may want to improve.



You can create a bespoke action plan using the results from your Netsafe Schools Review. The Netsafe Schools Planner enables you to select the areas you’d like to focus on and directs you to the actions that will influence positive change.


When schools commit to the Netsafe Schools programme and the seven key areas they can be assured they are doing everything they can to protect their school community from the potential harm experienced through online safety challenges.