Netsafe Micro Learns

A new online safety program to support New Zealand families to become aware of key safety considerations while using Meta products has been released, with the goal of empowering New Zealanders with the digital skills they need to stay safe online. Netsafe developed the 6 “micro learns” (taking 20 minutes or less) including some general Facebook and Instagram safety tips modules for parents and teenage users.


They also created a series on the “Metaverse.” Virtual Reality (VR) headsets are slowing making their way into mainstream usage in New Zealand education institutions and entertainment centres, with Augmented Reality like filters on smartphones part of everyday life. Netsafe held a focus group with parents and teenagers to understand what they wanted to know about this technology, and what safeguards they wanted companies like Meta to build into them. They gave families the opportunity to try the Quest headsets – some for the first time.
The Media Literacy micro learn is another important topic for families this year. Their research in April revealed many New Zealanders don’t understand what misinformation is. Only 28% feel confident to identify misinformation. So the Netsafe education team partnered with AUT’s Dr Helen Sissons as subject matter expert to create a resource that would help families understand the changing media landscape, with many now getting their news from their social feeds.

The entire suite is available free to access here!

Ia – Rainbow Research

A new e-portal collating decades of Rainbow research has been launched by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – the first collection of its type in the world.

The e-portal, called Ia, was unveiled on Wednesday 6 September at a special launch event with guest speaker Ambassador for Gender Equality (Pacific)/Tuia Tāngata, Louisa Wall. Ia will initially house more than 100 Rainbow-specific dissertations and theses, reports, books and queer themed published research journal articles. Head here to check it out!

Convergence Information Hub

Convergence – Bay Of Plenty Consumer, Peer Support, Lived Experience Workforce Forum – have created an Information Hub, full of resources for the Mental Health and Addictions Lived Experience community.

What a wonderful resource for our whānau – check it out here!

Co-design in health: an introduction

Co-design is a tool that involves consumers, whānau and communities in the design, delivery and evaluation of health services. Co-design in health: an introduction is a free resource available through Manatū Hauora / the Ministry of Health’s Learn Online platform.

The course is open to anyone (first-time Learn Online users will need to create a login). Learners will be able to work through the course at their own pace.

To learn more, click here.

Ko wai ahau? Who am I?

A resource from The Mental Health Foundation designed to help rangatahi make a personal safety plan. Head to this link to check it out!

Lived Experience Leadership Digital Library

The Lived Experience Leadership Digital Library is an initiative of the National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and the National Primary Health Network Mental Health Lived Experience Engagement Network with support from Mental Health Australia.

They welcome everyone to access their Digital Library the aim of which is to gather a wealth of useful resources about all aspects of lived experience leadership. Click here to check it out!