Staying Safe Online
In Case of Online Negativity started as an idea from one of the founding members of Sticks ‘n Stones. Keryn wanted to create a readily accessible online version of Sticks ‘n Stones advocates that was free and relevant and would support young people to resolve online issues and understand the tools, support and services available.
Steps you can take to keep life online positive and prevent negativity.
Digital Compass is the only educational game that gives kids the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can impact their relationships and future.
This guide has been created with the help of some of New Zealand’s favourite tech companies to help everyone enjoy the internet safely.
In this honest, funny, and pragmatic talk about social media, Aurelia Torkington offers three key tips for positive social media use.
Anxiety NZ Trust offers a range of resources to support kiwi’s who experience anxiety, depression, panic attacks, OCD or phobias. Develop your digital fluency, balance and boost your mental health and wellbeing while keeping safe exploring the world using technology. Try these Online Safety workshops by yourself or with a friend.
We all have times when we see someone say something online that we feel strongly about. When you care a lot about something it can be hard to know how to talk to someone about it without things getting overly heated. To help, we’ve put together our top four tips on how to disagree with someone respectfully online.
The Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) was passed in 2015. It was introduced to deter, prevent and lessen the impact of harmful digital communications including online bullying, harassment, abuse and revenge porn. Here are some important things to know about the HDCA.
Relationships can be intense and sometimes it can be hard to know whether things that your partner is doing are normal.
Learn how to change the privacy settings on some of the leading social networks to control who can see what you post.
Your digital footprint is the trail of electronic breadcrumbs you leave behind as you use the internet and it’s important to manage it carefully.
This report presents the findings of a nationally representative study whose purpose was to explore the experiences, attitudes, and behaviours of New Zealand teens about digital communications including harm and/or distress.
Bullying and Harassment
Cyberbullying is bullying (social and verbal bullying and physical threats) that uses digital technology in some way.
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to send mean, threatening, or embarrassing messages to or about another person.
Bullying can make our online experience feel really negative, but there are things we can do.
Drama and gossip can feel like a part of life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If someone is bullying or harassing you online you can ask us for help and advice – no matter what your situation is.
Support and information from Netsafe to deal with everything from race-based abuse, image based abuse and the HDCA.
There is a lot of talk about online bullying – but what is online bullying and why is it different than other types of bullying?
Bullying and life online: Since 2013, we have been doing bi annual surveys across the Central Otago region to find out more about the experiences and perceptions about bullying from other young people.
Having a laugh with your friends is a normal part of most friendships, but how do you know when the roast has gone too far? We’ve put together some tips so you can tell the difference.
Image based abuse (sometimes called ‘revenge porn’) is the name for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
Being bullied online can really knock your confidence and it can be hard to know how to get back to feeling normal again. We’ve put together some ideas of things you could try if you’re recovering from something hurtful that happened online.
Sometimes we do things and say things about other people online that we aren’t proud of, that we regret or that we know deep down isn’t right.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do to help a friend who is being bullied online. Here’s five ideas to get you started.
Attitudes around Bullying: Carrying on our Action research theme around gender; another group of Advocates organised boys focus groups, this time with Primary School students to explore attitudes around bullying.
Gender and time online: Three focus groups held with year 11-13 boys around Bullying, harm and time online.
Online Dating Advice
Social media vs Reality
Dating apps and websites can be a fun way to meet new people, but it’s important that you keep yourself safe while you swipe. Here’s our top tips for staying safe when using online dating websites and apps
How can you tell the difference between social media and reality? We’ve put together a few things worth thinking about if social media is getting you down.
Catfish and Doxxing
Doxxing (sometimes spelt ‘doxing’) is a type of online harassment where people share personal or identifying information about someone online without their consent.
Nudes and Sexting
Sharing nudes is part of everyday life for many young people in Aotearoa, but not all consider how their image may be made public or shared in ways they didn’t intend after the moment. Netsafe and the Classification Office Te Mana Whakaatu developed The Bare Facts, a nationwide campaign designed to encourage open conversations about the reality of online intimate images.
Here’s some advice to help you if you’re thinking about sending a nude image, you’ve been asked to share a nude, you’ve received a nude or if you’ve shared a nude and something’s gone wrong.
Don’t be a Dick Nick Uh OK. What exactly is a Nick? Great question. To answer that, we need to look at some totally scientific dictionary definitions.
Sexting is sharing messages, images and videos which have a sexual element. For example, a picture of yourself not wearing anything.
Nudes seem to have become part of our everyday lives. Things can get pretty tricky so check out the options for some ideas.
Nudes and the sharing of nude images: Three focus groups held with year 11-13 boys around Nudes (or sexting in adult speak) to find out about attitudes and perceptions around the sending and sharing of Nude images.
Porn, Sex and the Internet
Info, help and tips on porn and online sexual stuff. We're stoked you made your way here. Got questions about porn, nudes or online sexual stuff? You've come to the right place!
Where do most people get their information about sex these days? That’s right. Online pornography. Its content can be pretty unrealistic, and can include violence against women, unusual sex positions and activities, and degrading interactions. Episode 10 will take a deeper look at porn, asking whether it's anything like real sex. (Spoiler alert: it's not.)
It can be hard knowing how to deal with everything that happens online. We have advice below for dealing with a range of situations from watching porn to sending / receiving nudes to bullying.
There’s no denying that porn is everywhere … whether you see it over a mate’s shoulder, in a pop up or watch it on your phone, it’s just a click away. But while most young people have seen at least some porn and are usually chilled about it, it’s fair to say most adults feel pretty awkward when it comes to talking about it. So, we decided it was time to start the conversation…
When did you first see porn? I vividly remember stumbling across a grainy old website circa 2001 (okay, I didn’t exactly ‘stumble’… I may have gone looking because someone at school told me about it) where I had my first experience of illicit content
Why are we talking about porn? The Light Project aims to help youth, their whānau, schools and wider communities to positively navigate the new porn landscape in Aotearoa. The last 5 years has seen the growth of a whole new porn landscape for young people. New in terms of how much porn is out there, how easy it is to access, how frequently young people watch it and the type of porn that has become ‘normal’. We’re still researching and learning, so this website is a work-in-progress – but we thought it was time to start talking.
https://www.netsafe.org.nz/the-kit/helping-students-exposed-to-upsetting-content/ Students may find things online that they never intended to see. If a student is exposed to upsetting content, it can be hard to know how to help. Netsafe has developed the following advice to guide you through this challenging situation.
Being a parent or caregiver in the digital age can be challenging. Here you will find tools and advice to help you 'keep it real online' with your children and young people.
Resources for parents and whānau - how to talk to your rangatahi, stay one click ahead and keeping safe on the internet
The Light Project undertook the Porn and Young People - What do we Know? Youth Stakeholder Survey primarily to help inform and underpin the development of training, resources and support for stakeholders engaging and working with young people - including whānau, schools and youth service providers.
This research provides insights from more than 50 interviews with a diverse group of young New Zealanders aged 14-17. The research provides an in-depth understanding of young people’s experiences with porn and the impact this may have on relationships.