MOTAT’s Guide to Staying Safe Online

As more and more of our lives are conducted in online spaces, it is important that we know how to keep ourselves and each other safe. This resource is presented in 2 parts. It is also available as google slides for classroom sharing.

MOTAT’s guide to digital safety – Google Slides

MOTAT’s guide to information literacy – Google Slides

MOTAT’s guide to Digital Safety for Year 5 to 8. This resource will cover the following topics:

  • Password safety
  • Community guide lines
  • Requests for information
  • Safe online spaces
  • Online stranger danger
  • Importance of offline time
  • Importance of open communication with family members

MOTAT’s Guide to Information Literacy for Year 7 to 10. This resource will cover the following topics:

  • News literacy
  • Spotting a hoax
  • Manipulated content
  • The importance of context
  • Sponsored content
  • Propaganda
  • Deep fakes
  • Satire

MOTAT’s Guide to Digital Safety

With so much time being spent online during New Zealand’s response to Covid-19, it’s important that we know how to stay safe online. More than that, we should have the same expectations for how we behave online as we do when we’re at school! When we are at school we have principles that help us to care for each other. These are,

Whanaungatanga – The sense of whanau and school working together 

Manaakitanga – Caring for and respecting each other 

Tu Pono – Knowing oneself, one’s identity 

Mahi Ngatahi – Working collaboratively 

So what do these values look like online? This workshop will look into things we can do online that are in the spirit of these values. Then, to demonstrate your knowledge you will create a meme to share with your friends or class!

Whanaungatanga – The sense of whanau and school working together

Password Safety – Set up your accounts with your parents. By creating usernames and passwords together, you can make sure you stick to the basics of safe and appropriate online behavior. Make sure any profiles are set to private.

Look out for each other – Keep the family computer in a central place. This will help make sure that family members aren’t going on dangerous sites. It also means people are around to help if you need them.

Share everything! – Show your parents your favorite sites. Make sure your parents know what sites you like to use. Be open to their suggestions about other sites that you might like.

Talk with your parents about internet safety all the time! Check on each other and ask questions. If you are worried about showing your parents something you have been doing online, why? This is a good indication that you need to share with an adult.

Manaakitanga – Caring for and respecting each other

A good rule of thumb – If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, you shouldn’t say it online. Words have consequences, especially when directed at someone, so be kind.

Support others – If you see someone getting bullied, give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone.

Report bullying – Make sure you tell a parent or another adult you trust if you see or experience cyberbullying.

Don’t escalate – Tell victims not to retaliate in any way that is angry, offensive or threatening.

Think before you post – The internet is forever! It is really hard to delete something from the internet. Remember this before you post any photos or videos online.

Tu Pono – Knowing oneself, one’s identity

Set time limits. Being online isn’t everything and being online all the time is harmful. Make sure you have balance in your life and have some time away from your screens! 

Never share your passwords with your friends – Sometimes kids give their friends passwords for help in a game. This can be very harmful! Giving away a password is like giving someone a part of your identity. You wouldn’t give someone one of your fingerprints because you never know what some one will do with it, think of your passwords in the same way. 

Be careful if a site asks for money to buy extras. Some sites rely on users to buy extras. Never spend money online without first asking permission from your parents!   

Check community guidelines for the site you are on. Make sure you are following these guidelines, they are there to keep you safe! If some one interacts with you and is NOT following these guidelines, ask them to stop and tell and adult you trust.

Online stranger danger – Before you communicate with someone online, check your parents are sure you are not putting yourself in danger. Stranger danger on the internet is as real as it in real life. You have no way of really knowing who is on the other side of the computer.

Mahi Ngatahi – Working collaboratively

Don’t go it alone – It’s always better when you’re together! Try to include other people in your class for online projects that you’re doing or games that you’re playing. 

Oh the places you can go – Use safe spaces like Google Classroom, Padlet, Mindcraft Education, or Drawp Unlimited to create projects together. 

Use your strengths – When working online, check that everyone has a role to play and anyone can suggest ideas or tasks without being put down. Be open to other people’s ideas.


It’s time to show us your knowledge! Use this meme generator to create your own meme about one of the suggestions you have just read

Share it with your class or email it to education@motat.org.nz for a chance to get it up on MOTAT’s Facebook page! 

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