NetSafe Cyber Bullying Taskforce

Recently there have been a number of high profile cyber bullying incidents. NetSafe is aware of the impact of technology on bullying. We have organised a forum for a range of key community groups, Government Agencies, ICT Service Providers, and education sector representatives to work together to develop a solution to combat cyberbullying as part of the NetSafe Cyber Bullying Taskforce.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the cyber bullying issues for young people and adults?
Watch the ten minute Cyberbullying:the facts video to find out more about why cyberbullying matters for all New Zealanders.

Why was the NetSafe Cyber Bullying Taskforce established?
Technology is a fundamental part of society but has also brought a new level of complexity to those people trying to combat bullying. The Taskforce is an important and timely chance to bring together relevant stakeholders to look at ways to support those people.

Cyber bullying is a whole community problem. The Taskforce is a way for schools, community groups, action groups, police and the government to work together to really make a difference.

What are the aims of the NetSafe Cyber Bullying Taskforce?
The Taskforce has three key aims to help protect young New Zealanders. They are to: 

  1. Develop a co-ordinated multi-stakeholder approach that will help schools and young people cope with and respond to cyber bullying;
  2. Develop a response that will provide young people, parents, teachers and the community with the confidence to continue using technology productively; and
  3. Create an appropriate solution that the whole community can support to reduce the number of cyber bullying incidents.

Who are the NetSafe Cyber Bullying Taskforce members?

NetSafe Parents Inc
Ara Taiohi PPTA
CoolSchools Rainbow Youth
Child Youth & Family Saint Kentigem College
2 Degrees Secondary Principals  Council
Edgewater College Telecom
Life Education Trust TelstraClear
NZEI Vodafone
NZSTA WhatsUp
Office of the Childrens Commission Youthline
Orcon  

NetSafe provide information and advice to help New Zealanders stay safe online.

This cyberbullying website contains dedicated guidance for young people, parents and caregivers and teachers and principals who want help to understand and deal with bullying that takes place in cyberspace.

Read through the fact boxes, watch the NZ made cyberbullying film 'At a Distance' and visit Childnet International, creators of the UK short film Let's Fight it Together'.

The information shown in the Flash movies is also available to download as accessible Word and PDF files.