NetSafe - The Internet Safety Group and the NetSafe Kit for Schools

NetSafe - The Internet Safety Group is the Ministry of Education's 'strategic partner' for cybersafety education. NetSafe provides cybersafety and online security education for all New Zealanders.

The members of this independent not-for-profit organisation represent:

  • The New Zealand Police (including the Police Youth Education Service)
  • Educators from primary through to university level
  • The Department of Internal Affairs
  • New Zealand Customs Service
  • The Ministry of Education
  • The Judiciary
  • Community organisations
  • Industry representatives
  • Boards of trustees
  • Parents and students.

Founded in 1998, NetSafe has grown steadily over the years to become a powerful educational body. NetSafe's effectiveness in developing a comprehensive national cybersafety initiative lies in the broad range of its membership, its moderate and consistent messages and its collaborative consultation style. 
NetSafe is currently managed by a six member Board of Directors and has a staff of 11, including a specialized school education team. Support is available to all New Zealand schools on a wide variety of cybersafety matters. NetSafe also offers free information and advice via email ( ) and through the toll-free helpline 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723).
This NetSafe Kit for Schools is designed to help schools educate their school community (students, staff and parents) about the safe use of Cyberspace and establish the infrastructure needed to provide a cybersafe learning environment. The kit is based on the NetSafe Cybersafety Model , which is recognised as a model of best practice in schools throughout the country.
To find out about potential risks that ICT can pose to your school, click here .