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May 17 is Pink Shirt Day: How you can help prevent cyberbullying
This Friday May 17 is Pink Shirt Day, which is a colourful way to raise awareness about a serious and in some cases tragic issue: cyberbullying.
$33 million lost to scams & fraud: Netsafe says NZ isn't doing enough to stop it
" This is an issue that isn’t going away. More needs to be done or we will continue to see large numbers of New Zealanders suffering financial and psychological harm,” says Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker.
"Is this for real?" The reality of fraud against New Zealanders
Is this for real? More often than not these days it can be hard to tell, and it’s okay to be a bit suspicious, especially when it comes to fraud.
Online hate speech affects New Zealand adults
Have you experienced online hate speech? The problem affects New Zealand adults more than you might think.
$444 million: The devastating cost of cyberbullying in NZ
Can you put a dollar figure on the damage cyberbullying causes New Zealanders? One economist says that cost is around $444 million every year.
More people are reporting online bullying to Netsafe than ever before
Online abuse, bullying and harassment are continuing to cause harm to New Zealanders nationwide, and more people are reporting incidents to Netsafe.
Kiwis' scam losses hit $18.6m, eclipsing last year's figures
This year Kiwis have lost a staggering $18.6 million to scams, compared to $10.1 million for over the entirety of last year.
Netsafe & Spark ramp up scam education efforts across NZ
Netsafe and Spark are on a mission to raise awareness about the dangers of phone and online scams.
Kiwis lost $10.1 million to scams last year: Which region felt the worst of it?
"We encourage everyone, no matter how digitally savvy they think they are, to improve their knowledge of scams."
$10.1m lost: Why Kiwis are losing so much to scammers & how we need to fix it
Netsafe explains why we must change our attitudes to "even if it seems like a reasonable deal, it could still be a scam".
Don't delete your scam emails! You can now help beat scammers at their own game
Re:scam, an artificially intelligent email programme, is designed to engage scammers in a neverending cycle of conversation.
CERT NZ & Netsafe warn of scammers playing online blackmail hand
CERT NZ and Netsafe have both reported a surge in online blackmail incidents.
Reports of cyberbullying flood new support service
"The service is designed to protect everybody’s rights – to free speech and to participate online without being harassed and abused."
Education must be our secret weapon in the fight against tech support scams
They're scammers, they're prolific & they're determined. The only way to stop them is to talk about it, especially with those who are most vulnerable.
Cyberbullying affects many Kiwi kids, how can you help?
"As a society, we can’t think about the online world as something that isn’t “real life”. How we behave online can have a huge effect on others."
It's Bullying-Free NZ Week, help your students speak out
"The wellbeing of our children and young people is essential. Students who are happy and engaged at school are much more likely to be learning."
New e-resources equip NZ teachers to help stop bullying
"It’s important schools work with parents and the wider school community to get the message out that bullying is never OK."
We can stop our students being harmed by 'Blue Whale'
"A dangerous social media trend has found its way into New Zealand, and schools are going to be one of the best defences against it taking root."
Encouraging digital citizenship is a step into the future
Digital citizen are people who understand the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace. You may understand; what about your students?
Scammers targeting Kiwis again, this time courtesy of Countdown
“Unfortunately there are scammers targeting New Zealanders via email using the Countdown name and branding and we want to warn consumers."
Unsupervised: Are Kiwi high schoolers safe online?
“We need to teach and model appropriate online behaviours, how to keep safe and where to get help if it’s needed."
Kiwi parents concerned over kids' daily internet fix
In a sign of how prevalent life online is, 61% of parents revealed that their pre-school children are now getting a daily fix of internet.
Positives outweigh internet risks, survey finds
89% of Kiwis say the positives of using the internet outweigh the negatives, as Safer Internet Day kicks off.
Fresh wave of scammers posing as Microsoft employees
“The scammers claim to represent the Microsoft brand because the company is well known to have trusted experts, and so the calls may sound genuine."