Netsafe News April Edition

Netsafe News April Edition

Bullying Free NZ Week is coming up on the 13th – 17th of May. This year’s theme is ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’ and offers students, staff and wider school communities an opportunity to celebrate diversity. If you haven’t already, you can download the activity pack available on the Bullying Free NZ website.

Netsafe has received some reports relating to bullying taking place on anonymous feedback apps such as Tellonym and Sarahah. In response, our team has created new advice on using these types of apps safely.

Martin Cocker
Netsafe CEO

New advice - Anonymous feedback apps

Netsafe has received a number of complaints relating to bullying and abuse using anonymous feedback apps such as Tellonym and Sarahah. To help young people and others who are considering using these types of platforms we have put together some advice on how to stay safe.

Read our advice

New Zealanders lost $33million to scams in 2018

This month, we released details about the reports made to Netsafe in 2018. Last year more than $33million in scam losses were reported to Netsafe – more than triple the amount reported to Netsafe in 2017. Online harm complaints also saw a significant increase between 2017 and 2018 with 2,950 online harm complaints made to Netsafe.

Read the full report

Netsafe launches new scam reporting tool

This month Netsafe launched a new reporting form and diagnostic tool to help New Zealanders affected by online scams. The report tool uses AI to identify whether the report is about a scam commonly reported to Netsafe. Once it has identified the scam it provides guidance on what to do if you’ve been affected. If you’ve been affected by an online scam, report it online to Netsafe.

Report a scam

Bullying-Free NZ Week coming soon!

Bullying-Free New Zealand Week starts 13 May 2019 and ends with the Mental Health Foundation’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 17 May. The theme is ‘Whakanuia Tōu Āhua Ake! Celebrating Being Us!’. Get involved & celebrate the week by downloading the school activity pack today. 

Download activity pack

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