Netsafe launches bite-sized online safety modules

Issue: Volume 102, Number 4

Posted: 30 March 2023
Reference #: 1HA_9H

A new online learning platform launched by Netsafe is designed specifically for Year 9–11 students to improve digital literacy and online safety. The Ministry of Education funded platform is available free to schools across Aotearoa.

Netsafe ran a co-design process with ākonga and kaiako.

Netsafe ran a co-design process with ākonga and kaiako.

The platform features six ‘Micro Learning Moments’ – interactive modules that are less than 20 minutes long.

These bite-sized modules are designed to be engaging and accessible, and they cover a range of topics that are important to young people including online bullying, online identity, and digital wellbeing.

The six topics chosen as most important to the young people who co-designed them (and their learning outcomes) include:

Be Yourselfie – how to think critically about images we see online and discuss how altered images can affect wellbeing

Block the Bullies – exploring how laws in Aotearoa protect us from bullies, what we can do about bullying and who can help us

Find your Balance – planning how we can get the best out of life on and off-line

News or Views – investigating how to tell what is real and not real online and what we can do when people share something that isn’t trustworthy

Protect your Brand – creating a reputable online brand and explore how you can respect the future you

Own your Info – exploring how the internet learns from us, what that data can be used for and what we can do to take control of our information.

While the learning moments are aimed specifically at
Year 9–11 students, they are designed to incorporate easily into existing curriculum and can be used by parents and young people who are home-schooling.

Siblings and other family members of students in the school community can also access the resources freely, creating a partnership between home and school that promotes digital literacy and online safety for all.


What makes the launch of this platform particularly special is that it was developed as part of the CreativeHQ GovTech Accelerator. Netsafe participated with teams from across government and other organisations to learn how to develop innovative products and solutions to big societal problems.

The development included a process of co-design with design jams hosting teachers and students alike, who chose the topics and created the storyboards with Netsafe.

 Schools then tested the demo versions in classrooms, gathering feedback so Netsafe could improve them before launch.

Co-design and user experience processes were key to ensuring the learning moments were relevant and resonate with end-users.

The result is a set of learning modules that are not only informative but also engaging and fun to use.

Students helped to inform the topics and storyboards used in the Netsafe modules.

Students helped to inform the topics and storyboards used in the Netsafe modules.

Commitment to safety

With these new resources for schools, teachers, and parents – Netsafe further demonstrates its commitment to digital literacy and online safety among young people.

The informative and engaging ‘Micro Learning Moments’ are a great way to build digital literacy and online safety among young people, helping them to stay safe and thrive in today’s digital world.

Check out Netsafe’s new online learning platform at link)

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 10:59 am, 30 March 2023

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