School students can learn the skills needed to stay safe online by taking the Digital Licence interactive online quiz.

The quiz teaches young people how to react to inappropriate or offensive online material. It also shows them how to deal with online bullying and looks at the dangers of sharing private information on the internet.

There are two certificates. One for children under 13 and another for older school students.

The Digital Licence was launched this week at Point England School in Auckland with a game-style event which examined the effect of racist comments and what happens to photos posted online.

Software for the licence was developed in Australia where it is used by more than 200,000 students.

Taking part is free for New Zealand school students in years 8 and 9, their fees are paid by Google NZ. For everyone else there is a A$10 charge.

Take the quiz.