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Cybersmart hero (Figure 6) is an online safety resource for students aged 10 to 12 years which allows young people to recognise and stop cyberbullying. Cybersmart access (Figure 7) is a set of games and units of work designed to reinforce key cybersafety messages to children with special education needs. It is designed for use within special schools and mainstream schools. The Pre-service teacher program <www.cybersmart. gov.au/Schools/Book%20teacher%20professional%20d evelopment/Pre-Service%20Teacher%20video.aspx> is for student teachers in their final year at university. The program is designed to ensure that new teachers are aware of cybersafety issues when they first enter the teaching profession, and to help them more fully appreciate the influence digital culture will have on their teaching. Cybersmart provides an outline of policies and proce- dures <www.cybersmart.gov.au/Schools/Cybersafety %20policies%20and%20procedures.aspx> that schools may follow to assist them in providing a holistic approach to cybersafety. It outlines a proposed method for establishing a school-wide approach to cybersafety and links to cybersafety policies and procedures provided by the states and territories for use or adaptation by individual schools. Today's students are early adopters of new develop- ments in technology. The challenge for schools is to support students, their teachers and parents in under- standing how these new technologies affect lives and the world in which we live. Cybersmart's resources for schools ensure students stay safe online today and in the future. Research and further reading The ACMA Children's and young people's use of social net- working services: Qualitative research report, August 2011 (yet to be published) Australian Communications and Media Authority, ACMA, Australian Government, Canberra, accessed 21 December 2011, <www.acma.gov.au/>. Australian Communications and Media Authority, August 2011, Children's and young people's use of social network- ing services: Qualitative research report, Australian Government, Canberra [Yet to be published]. Australian Communications and Media Authority July 2009, Click and connect: young Australians' use of online social media, Australian Government, Canberra, accessed 21 December 2011, <http://apo.org.au/sites/default/files/ click_and_connect-01_qualitative_report.pdf>. Australian Communications and Media Authority June 2010, Report 1 -- Australia in the digital economy: the shift to the online environment, Australian Government, Canberra, accessed 21 December 2011, <www.acma.gov.au/ webwr/_assets/main/lib310665/report_1aust_in_the_ digital_economy.pdf>. Volume 31, February 2012 45 Figure 7 Cybersmart access <www.cybersmart.gov.au/Schools/ Teacher%20resources/Cybersmart%20Access.aspx> Figure 5 Cybersmart detectives <www.cybersmart.gov.au/ Schools/Teacher%20resources/Upper%20primary/Interactive%20 Shared%20Learning/Cybersmart%20Detectives.aspx> Figure 6 Cybersmart hero <www.cybersmart.gov.au/Schools /Teacher%20resources/Upper%20primary/Interactive%20Shared %20Learning/Cybersmart%20Hero.aspx> Coming next issue: more resources supporting cybersafety In the meantime, you can also visit Schoolatoz at <www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/technology/ cybersafety> for support and ideas. More on digital citizenship at <www.digitalcitizenship.nsw. edu.au/>.