Netsafe News February Edition

Netsafe News February Edition

Social media is a topic we’re often asked about by educators and schools.

This month we were asked by the Education Gazette to put together five tips for educators to help keep students safe online. Choosing only five is tricky, but we think we covered some of the big items for educators.

Being social media savvy is one of these. Feedback from young people is that they are less likely to listen to advice if the adult giving it isn’t using the space themselves. It can be difficult to keep up which is why we create advice to help parents and educators understand the platforms better – the latest being ‘A Parent’s Guide to Instagram’.

Martin Cocker
Netsafe CEO

Five social media tips for educators

We spoke to The Education Gazette this month and created five tips for educators to keep students safe on social media including:
  1. Staying engaged
  2. Being social media savvy
  3. Discussing online safety in the classroom
  4. Talking about privacy protection
  5. Helping students make a plan

New online safety advice

We’ve created new online safety advice on This month we’ve covered unsolicited nudes (sending nudes to someone without their permission) and online abuse based on gender. Check out the new resources below:

Netsafe LIVE Waimea & Whangarei

We have two new Netsafe LIVE events coming up in March. Our Education Advisors will be in Waimea and Whangarei running free online safety sessions for school leaders, educators & parents. Find out more & register today.


New report from ActionStation

This month ActionStation released a new report about online hate, harassment and abuse. The research seeks to better understand the impact of online hate, harassment and abuse on everyday New Zealanders. The full report is available online.


Netsafe Online Safety Grant closing today

The Netsafe Online Safety Grant closes at 5pm today (Thursday 28 February 2019). Projects that will help to reduce or lessen harm caused by harmful digital communications are eligible for up to $100,000 of funding from the grant fund.


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