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OWLS: teaching children to be wise about online privacy Head Owl lo res

A new resource to help teachers teach internet privacy issues to primary and intermediate school students (http://netsafe.org.nz/owls/) was launched in Wellington on 11 February 2014.

The OWLS project has been developed by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and NetSafe, in partnership with the NZ National Commission for UNESCO.

OWLS is a series of 24 modules on different aspects of managing personal information online and were developed after consultation with teachers in Wellington and Auckand.  Each module has a lesson plan which teachers can use or adapt to suit their cyber-education classroom needs.

The modules have four themes:

Own Owl lo resOwn your information 





Wait Owl lo resWait and feel free to ask someone else





Lock Owl lo resLock your stuff





Safe Owl lo resSafety first  




Under each theme, teachers can select the module they need to fit with their existing classroom programme or they can work through the entire resource as a complete cyber-education programme.

OWLS aims to help students manage their personal information and it is hoped that it will also provide ways for students and teachers to involve families and wider communities in a conversation about internet safety.

View our media release.

Useful links to excellent New Zealand material for young people, parents and teachers: