Digital Citizenship


The seven steps from Netsafe’s Online Safety Parent Toolkit are designed to enhance whānau/parents digital parenting knowledge and have been developed for parents and whānau in mind. See full Article here.

UNDERSTAND: Read about the potential online risks, challenges, and sometimes illegal behaviour young people face to understand what may happen.

LEARN: Speak to your child about what they do, how they use devices and who they talk to regarding their online activities. Check in with your child regularly to see what may have changed.

EXPLORE: Take the time to explore the sites, apps and technologies that your child/ children use to improve your knowledge and understand their experiences.

AGREE: Create a whānau code with your child/children to agree on what they can do online, including sites to visit, appropriate behaviours, privacy settings and limits.

TEACH: Recognise that each child has unique needs, but some online safety concepts are universal. Start by teaching your child/children the Five Hot Tips to help them engage and thrive.

MODEL: Set a good example for your child/children by role modelling the sort of behaviours you want to see your child/children use online and offline.

PLAN: Make a plan so that everyone knows what to do if something goes wrong, and where you will be able to get advice in these most challenging times.