Footage of Friday's events

Content is deemed objectionable under New Zealand law

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 viewing, possessing or distributing the footage is an offence. Anyone who comes across footage of the attacks online should report it to Netsafe but they shouldn’t keep it or share copies.

Netsafe is encouraging schools to speak with students about what to do if they come across the footage and that viewing, possessing and sharing footage with this classification is against the law.

The footage of the Christchurch attacks is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see. If students and others have viewed the video and are struggling with what they’ve seen it’s likely they will require additional support. Agencies available to 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 on the Netsafe website.

If you have questions relating to this incident or other distressing online content, contact Netsafe for free and confidential advice or call 0508 NETSAFE.

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