Netsafe News March Edition

Netsafe News March Edition

The last two weeks have been very difficult for New Zealand. Netsafe would like to offer our deepest sympathies to our Muslim community and everyone affected by the Christchurch attacks.

We would like to thank all of the schools and educators who have been working tirelessly to help young people understand and process these events. Our team is available to provide any guidance that schools need regarding the distressing Christchurch attack video and other related online content.

We have issued an advisory about this content on our website, and have guidance for helping young people who have been exposed to upsetting content online.

If you need further help, please contact our helpline for assistance.

Martin Cocker
Netsafe CEO

Harmful content advisory: Christchurch attacks

Netsafe has issue an advisory about content relating to the attacks in Christchurch. Footage of the attacks as well as the gunman’s document outlining his terrorist ideology have been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law. This means that possession or distribution of this content is an offence. If you find footage of the attacks or links to the terrorist’s document online you should report it to Netsafe using our online report form, but you should not keep copies or share it.


Scam alert: Christchurch attacks

Unfortunately, there are people taking advantage of the recent tragedy. CERT NZ has issued an advisory about scams relating to the Christchurch attacks, including fake donation scams and malware embedded in video content. Please share to spread the word and read the full CERT NZ advisory online.


Race-based online abuse

Online bullying, abuse or harassment based on colour, race, ethnicity or nationality is not OK and there is help available for people experiencing it.
With the help of the Human Rights Commission, we’ve created new advice specifically around online abuse based on race.


Save the date: Bullying-Free NZ Week

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 your students involved by downloading the activity pack today. 


International Women's Day 2019

International Women’s Day was earlier this month. To celebrate the day, we shared a video of some of the inspirational women who spoke at our Trans-Tasman online safety conference in Auckland last year. The 2019 conference ‘The Online World We Want’ will be held in Sydney, Australian from 11-12 September. Keep up to date with the conference by registering your interest.


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