Digital Technology: Safe and responsible use in schools
The following guide is a companion to the Guidelines for the surrender and retention of property and searches.
New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)
Phone: 0800 782 435 (STA HELP) toll free from anywhere in New Zealand
Phone: 0508 NETSAFE (638 723) toll free from anywhere in New Zealand
Your school’s Lead Police Contact is the conduit to the relevant Police group, if you think that a crime has occurred.
Refer to the Police’s engagement model(external link) used to guide the development of their relationships with schools.
The Privacy Commissioner administers the Privacy Act 2020. The Privacy Act applies to almost every person, business or organisation in New Zealand.
Phone: 0800 803 909 toll free from anywhere in New Zealand
The Commissioner can investigate complaints about actions that may be a breach of the privacy principles in the Privacy Act. They can also consider matters that may breach other provisions of the Privacy Act.
Telephone crime reporting
Crimestoppers provides an anonymous telephone reporting service.
Phone: 0800 555 111
Online crime reporting
The ORB(external link) offers all New Zealanders a simple and secure way to report their concerns about online incidents.
The ORB’s partners currently include: NetSafe, Police, Department of Internal Affairs, Privacy Commissioner, Consumer Affairs, Commerce Commission, National Cyber Security Centre and the New Zealand Customs Service.
Report to NetSafe through Pond
Pond is the Network for Learning portal. It is an online environment uniting New Zealand teachers and school administrators with providers of educational content and services.
Pond’s homepage(external link) provides a simple and secure way for authenticated Pond users to report directly to NetSafe any online content, communication or other behaviour that you think may be inappropriate or unlawful.