Please find below some guidelines and websites to visit to help with understanding social media and the impact it has on our tamariki - both positive and negative. If you have any questions or concerns regarding social media, policy or how to best support your child(ren) online, please do not hesitate to contact your students teacher or the school.
Netsafe is often referred to by schools and educators for parents and whānau wanting more information about technology and keeping their tamariki safe.
“Netsafe is New Zealand’s independent, non-profit online safety organisation. We provide online safety help, support, expertise and education to people in New Zealand.”
See https://www.netsafe.org.nz/ for more information.
Social Media at Mahora School
New Zealand Legislation
Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015
Item 6: Communication Principles
A digital communication should not disclose sensitive personal facts about an individual.
A digital communication should not be threatening, intimidating, or menacing.
A digital communication should not be grossly offensive to a reasonable person in the position of the affected individual.
A digital communication should not be indecent or obscene.
A digital communication should not be used to harass an individual.
A digital communication should not make a false allegation.
A digital communication should not contain a matter that is published in breach of confidence.
A digital communication should not incite or encourage anyone to send a message to an individual for the purpose of causing harm to the individual.
A digital communication should not incite or encourage an individual to commit suicide.
A digital communication should not denigrate an individual by reason of his or her colour, race, ethnic or national origins, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.