Cyber Safety

Cyber safety is the safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Online bullying. Incidents of online bullying or harm will not be tolerated at Kamo High School. If you or somebody else is being bullied or harmed online, it’s never okay at any time. This type of harm doesn’t usually just go away. It’s important to keep the evidence of what is happening to you or someone so this can be investigated. Don’t put yourself at further risk by continuing any contact with the person or people who are bullying online, or creating harmful or hurtful content . It’s very important to let someone at school know what’s happening so you can get the right help and support you need.

Report a problem. You should report an online incident or if you suspect something is happening online as soon as you can to a Teacher or Iwi Dean. Once the school is made aware of a problem, they will assess the problem and work to resolve it.

Here are some online safety suggestions for students.

  • Don’t give out any private information over the internet or through mobile phones about you, your family, friends or other people that you know

  • Only accept friend requests from people you actually know

  • Don’t engage or respond to trolling or abuse; report it to the provider

  • Don’t believe everything you read – make sure you know it’s coming from a reliable source

  • Don’t hide behind a computer screen. If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it at all

  • If you are suspicious of a website, carry out a web search to see if you can find out whether or not it is fraudulent

Further information about cyber safety can be found online at the Netsafe website

New Zealand Police. (retrieved 2021). Website. https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/cybercrime-and-internet/internet-safety

Holiday Online Safety Tips for Parents & Whānau

Work Together- Online safety is something we need to “do with” our young people, not “to them”. Involve them in conversations around holiday device use and online safety expectations.

Clear Expectations - Coming to a shared agreement about device use and time online right at the start of the holidays will make sure everyone understands what's expected and why, and also helps to keep everyone accountable.

Have Conversations - Regular conversations help to ensure everyone's perspectives, needs and expectations around “life online” are heard and understood. Remember listening is the most powerful part of a conversation.

Stay Connected - The online world is a dynamic and constantly changing place. Keep up with what's new, how your children are interacting online and where they hangout. Hop online, have a look around and give things a try.

Be the Change - If we want young people to self-manage their time and activities online, we need to “walk the talk”. Consider how your screen time and connectivity might be viewed through your child's eyes.

Create a Plan - Even with the best planning and precautions, sometimes things don't go as expected. Take time to identify steps your child can take and who they can connect with if they need help and support.

It's a Team Effort - You don't have to know everything - you just need to know where to go for support and advice. Schools, friends and family are great places to start. The more we talk and share ideas, the greater the outcomes for our young people.

Netsafe - Get the latest online safety tips straight to your inbox by subscribing to Netsafe’s Parent Toolkit Resource.

NETSAFE'S support & reporting for Online Bullying

EASY-READ ONLINE BULLYING GUIDE

Bullying is when someone says or does something unkind or unsafe to someone else.

When bullying happens on a device, like a computer or mobile phone, this is often called cyberbullying or online bullying.

Someone is bullying you online if they do one or more of the following.

  • Call you names.

  • Say rude, nasty or mean things about you to other people.

  • Spread rumours or lies about you to other people.

  • Make you feel unsafe.

  • Make you feel embarrassed.

  • Keep contacting you when you don’t want them to.

  • Share pictures or videos of you that you don’t like.

  • Pretend to be you to make you look bad.

ONLINE BULLYING IS NEVER OKAY

Get help if it happens to you.

  • Talk to someone you trust, like staff at a centre or group you attend, your family or a friend.

  • Save messages and images. Take a screen shot, or ask someone else to do it for you.

  • Report it to the social media app or website where it happened. You can ask someone else to help if you don’t know how.

  • Ask for help to block any phone numbers that are being used to send you nasty messages.

  • Contact Netsafe for advice.

Easy-read guide: Online bullying (PDF, 2.7MB)


REPORT IT

Netsafe offers a free service for people who are upset or hurt by something that happens online. We can explain how the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) may apply to you. This law deals with image based abuse, incitement to suicide and extremely offensive, abusive or harassing content.

  • Call us toll-free on 0508 638 723

  • Text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282

  • Email help@netsafe.org.nz for online safety help

  • Report it online



WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CONTACT NETSAFE

Netsafe will:

  • ask you questions to understand what has been happening to you. We can check if the Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) may apply to you. This law deals with image based abuse (like revenge porn), incitement to suicide and extremely offensive, abusive or harassing content

  • talk about ways to stop the abuse

  • suggest other people you can talk to who may be able to help