What is cybersafety?

Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. It is about keeping information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good 'netiquette' (internet etiquette).

Understanding cybersafety is all the more important when working with, or caring for, young children as they cannot make their own decisions about what gets published online.

Whether you are a teacher, an administrator, a parent, a family member or a caregiver, please read this page as it includes guidelines, links and resources on staying safe and responsible online.

Storypark's commitment to cybersafety

Storypark is a password-protected private space for children, teachers and families to share stories, photos and videos with one another. Access to a child’s information and stories can only be granted by their primary guardians, and no personal information is shared with any third party.

We work with ICT (Information and Communication Technology) security specialists to ensure we have the latest security systems in place, and we consult with early childhood specialists to ensure best practices. To learn more about how we keep your data safe, check out our Privacy policy in our help centre.

How to be safe and responsible online

When sharing anything using technologies such as computers, mobile devices, email and the internet it is important you and everyone else invited to your account understands about netiquette and staying safe online. Even if you are confident about cybersafety it would be a good idea to check if all those invited to your account have the knowledge they need, too.

While Storypark is a secure system, people without appropriate cybersafety knowledge can make it less secure by not keeping passwords safe, sharing information outside of Storypark or posting irresponsible content or comments. Cybersafety also involves keeping your computer and browser up-to-date, using the latest antivirus software and firewalls, and learning what suspicious or antisocial online behaviour looks like.

When choosing a password, choose something consisting of letters and numbers, that would be difficult to guess from public information about you. Never write your password down or share it with anyone. We will never request your password or personal details via email.

If you think someone is acting suspiciously, or requesting information you feel uncomfortable about report them immediately. Please read the section that relates to you below so everyone can have the knowledge they need to make using Storypark a safe and enjoyable experience.

Cybersafety for Early Childhood Providers

Storypark supports the development of cybersafe learning environments where ICT is used safely and responsibly to support effective learning and teaching. This page provides a brief introduction to this. We recommend you download the Netsafe Kit for Schools. It's an important and comprehensive resource that offers the knowledge and skills to ensure you and your centre are cybersafe.

We also recommend Core Education’s Netsafe accredited professional learning and development for teachers, centre teams and managers. For more information Click here.

Do you have an ICT policy in place?

Early learning services have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of children and equipment, and this extends to ICT use. Putting in place an ICT policy is the first step to meeting those obligations. Even if you are a solo caregiver you have certain responsibilities to the children in your care.

The NetSafe Model for a Cybersafe ECE Service outlines the three main components of an ICT policy:

  • Appropriate policies, use agreements and procedures
  • An effective electronic security system
  • A comprehensive cybersafety education programme for the ECE service’s community.

Read the ‘Netsafe kit for schools’, found on the NetSafe website to learn how cybersafety is relevant to young children and for basic advice about keeping young children cybersafe.

Publishing children's information online – teacher resources and parental permission

In order for a child to have a Storypark profile, their parent is required to consent to an online permission form as part of their sign-up process which outlines how their child's information will be used. We also have a section on our help centre with downloadable resources that teachers can send parents. Once the permission form is accepted the teacher is notified by email, and the parent can access their child's stories, leave comments, create their own stories and invite family members.

Cybersafety for Families

Sharing your child’s profile with your extended family gives your children an authentic audience. Never invite someone you do not know and trust implicitly. www.netbasics.org.nz is a fun and informative website where you and your family can learn about online safety.

Can I share information and content outside of Storypark?

When it comes to your own children, it is your choice what you share outside of Storypark. Remember though that young children cannot make their own decisions about what gets published online so you have a responsibility to make sure whatever is shared is in your children's best interests.

Sometimes other children in the centre may feature in the same photos, videos and stories as your children. In these cases, never duplicate or upload them to the internet/social networking sites or share them with anyone other than family members without those children's parents' permission.

If there is anything you don't understand or you need further clarification, please feel free to ask us any questions.