An Overview of International Cyber-Security Awareness Raising and Educational Initiatives (2011)

Campaign Evaluations – D. Implementing an Integrated National Cybersafety Programme for the Compulsory School Sector

‘Implementing an Integrated National Cybersafety Programme for the Compulsory School Sector’ Douglas Harré, Senior ICT Consultant, Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand. <>

Abstract: Keeping students safe in an increasingly pervasive digital environment has been a challenge for many jurisdictions around the world. This task is usually undertaken by one or more relevant government departments within a country. Since 1999 the Ministry of Education in New Zealand has funded the provision of a range of cybersafety initiatives that have resulted in a comprehensive, integrated approach to this issue.
Methodology: A government consultant has provided two case studies of government programs. The first case study, entitled Managed Internet Service Project, essentially is a program that gives filtering and monitoring products to schools for free. The second case study, Forensics Audits, involves randomly auditing selected New Zealand schools to assess whether the schools’ computers were storing any objectionable materials (calendar style pictures, jokes, naked images, hardcore pornography, and objectionable images).
Findings: Statistics are provided for each case study such as the percentage of schools with images of hardcore pornography.