Netsafe adivce to schools & parents regarding Christchurch attacks

Netsafe advice to schools & parents regarding Christchurch attacks

Dear Parents & Caregivers

The following important message relating to the Christchurch attacks has been sent to us by the Ministry of Education. We ask that you please read the message and follow the advice provided by Netsafe and the Ministry. The school is supporting students in accordance with this advice.

"Netsafe has received a number of reports of online content relating to the attacks in Christchurch.

Footage of the attacks has been deemed objectionable under New Zealand law which means that possessing or distributing the footage is an offence.

Anyone who finds footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe at netsafe.org.nz/report but they should not keep copies or share it.

The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students have viewed the video and are struggling with what they have seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies which can provide free support include YouthlineNeed to Talk and Kidsline.

While the content is online there is some risk that children or young people may come across it. Netsafe encourages schools and parents to proactively discuss with young people what they should do if they come across distressing content online. Further information is available at netsafe.org.nz/upsetting-content

If parents or schools have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content they can contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice at netsafe.org.nz or call 0508 NETSAFE."

HBHS Management

This email was sent: 1:30pm Wednesday March 20, 2019