Everybody can play a part making the internet a better place by being a good digital citizen. If you want to go a step further and promote online safety activity to others, we have some suggestions to get you started.

Even a small activity at your school can make a significant difference. Have a look at the ideas below and then discuss your plans with your teacher.

Whatever you decide to do, please let Netsafe know. We are here to help. We also have a team available to help support your school. Take a look at the Netsafe School site for more information.

Connect with the YAS

The 35 members of Netsafe's Youth Action Squad are photographed together

Netsafe’s Youth Action Squad (YAS) is made up of young people from all over New Zealand that have an interest in online safety. There may be a YAS member in your school or area that can help you with learning more about Netsafe or carrying out an action in your school or community. You can email [email protected] to learn more or follow @netsafeyas on Instagram to see what the YAS have been up to.

Our YAS have so many great ideas, and always looking to help other young people and their community to have more positive experiences.

Help other students to be safe online

You can help other students at your school to learn about online safety by setting up an event or presentation. The Netsafe website has resources that you can use to carry out these actions and could talk to a teacher or friend at school to help you.

Set up an online safety event for Parents

You can put on an event to show off your online skills to the parents of students that attend your school. This is a good chance to highlight the interesting things you’re doing with technology at school – as well as helping them learn about the dangers online.

Dream big

These ideas are just starters. Nobody knows what it is like to be young and online more than you and you can use that experience to start your own project. You might be amazed what you can achieve. Netsafe would love to hear if you have any good ideas.

Visit Sticks’n’stones or Project Rockit for inspiration. These are programmes started by people just like you.

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