Our Te Pūrongo Whakakitenga |
Data & Insights Report 

Network for Learning’s (N4L) Data & Insights Report shows New Zealand school’s face ever increasing threats to online safety and security. This report outlines how we connect, protect and support New Zealand ākonga learning online. 

Download the report to find out where school’s are spending their time online, what type of data is being consumed and where, and what type of online threats are being blocked across our network.

Ngā Tāmuramura | Key Highlights 

2.3 million online security threats blocked every school day

Data use jumped 32% despite AN Auckland lockdown in august

Gaming sites represent 20% of all websites blocked

Instant messaging represents 7.5% of all blocked websites

Streaming media comprises 24% of all data consumed

Tūhono – Te tuitui i ngā raraunga ki ngā Kura | Connect – Data use in Schools  

Daily data use for students

Every day, a student typically consumed 268 megabytes (MB) of data. That’s the equivalent of each student streaming over 2 hours of music a day.

Data use jumped 32% since the first half of the school yearAnd secondary school students continued to consume twice as much data as primary students with 2.5 times more data consumed.

Daily consumption per student in 2020

Browsing time spent on education tools 

Language learning websites featured more prominently than online maths. And collaboration platforms were among the most popular education websites (Hāpara’s Teacher Dashboard, Seesaw, and Linc-Ed).

Note: Some of the websites listed might be ‘always on’ in the background, as they are a tool for facilitating or administering education activity. In general, these tools may run applications that may be active all day and outside of school hours.

Top 10 education-related websites measured by browsing time

Tiaki – Haumaru me te ārai i ngā Ipurangi | Protect – Safe & Secure Internet in Schools


Online security blocks in 2020

Online security threats blocked


We blocked 17% more online threats in the second half of the year than we did in the first half. There were 2.3 million online security threats blocked every day, or 1,592 each minute. And more than half of these security blocks were made at secondary schools. Malware and malicious websites were the most blocked online threats.

Blocking unsafe websites and harmful digital content to help keep ākonga safe

There were 2.2 million safety blocks per school day, or 1,529 per minute. And we blocked 37% more unsafe websites (safety blocks) in the second half of the year than the first half. Pornography represented 1% of all website blocks. They decreased by 6% since the first half of the year.


All websites blocks per school day

There were 45 million websites blocked per school day (4.9 billion total). More than half of all websites blocked stem from these three categories: file sharing and storage (25%); gaming (20%); and free software and downloads (10%). The instant messaging site blocked the most is Google Hangouts, followed by Snapchat, and Discord, and the most-blocked social networking sites are Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest (in that order).

Note: ‘Other’ blocks refer to at least 50 other categories that N4L or the school chooses to block.

Blocked categories as a percentage of all blocks

About the Data | Ngā mōhiohio Raraunga

All information in this report is aggregated and no school or individual can be identified. You can find out more about how N4L collects and uses data from the Managed Network in our Privacy Statement.

N4L’s Managed Network internet services are used by all state and state-integrated schools. When school internet users visit and search for websites, the amount of data consumed, and where it stems from (website domains), is collected in accordance with our Privacy Statement. Data consumption includes automated traffic such as software updates. 

Second half of 2020 school year | 20 July – 18 December 2020

Consumption per student per region in Term 3 & 4

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