Conference 2017 - Keynote Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer

Karen is Director of Education at Netsafe. She leads national educational programmes that help schools create meaningful, safe digital spaces for learning. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in the smart design of future-focused learning and professional development — and she brings energy, humour and a strongly inclusive approach. Karen’s 20+ years in teaching, national project leadership and international consultancy offer a rich mix of experience and expertise.

Connect: @virtuallykaren /

Netsafe is an independent not for profit organisation with an unrelenting focus on online safety. They provide help and expertise for educators about a range of topics including digital citizenship, online bullying, abuse and harassment. 

Learn, Guide and Protect: Planning for digital citizenship and cybersafety

Many schools have embraced digital devices revolution, young people are often highly connected to online services, and the barriers between online/offline appear to be increasingly irrelevant. Increased access to the web has unfortunately been matched by a rise in online harm. New Zealand recently introduced the Harmful Digital Communications Act.

Schools find themselves walking a fine line between protecting students (and staff) and encouraging independence online.

This keynote session will:

  • Highlight current digital citizenship/cybersafety issues, including an overview of the Harmful Digital Communications Act;
  • Explore effective strategic approaches that can help schools guide and protect students online.