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Step 3. Build Capability

While producing a secure and safe ICT environment is a critical step to cybersafety, it is not the only step required. The deregulated environment produced by ICT means that it is impossible to protect students from ALL challenging situations. Cybersafe schools seek to ensure that all students are supported to manage challenge when they arise as well as being able to exercise digital citizenship to minimise challenge to others. This requires educators to support students to develop these skills, values, and competencies.

While protective measures can decrease cybersafety issues, they do not stop them. The deregulated environment of the internet means that school staff and students will still face cybersafety challenges , like interpersonal harassment, digital footprint issues, and scams (etc.). Internet safety challenges change as students' cognitive ability and ICT knowledge develops over the lifespan.

Schools prepare students to eventually leave school. School leavers require the full skills and competences to protect them in digital worlds where protective layers are largely absent. While some of these skills may develop via incidental learning, guidance is required to ensure students learn the full complement of skills and competencies required for cybersafety and digital citizenship.

This graph demonstrates how these critical aspects of protection, guidance, and learning meet the needs of cybersafety throughout students' careers:

It is important to build the capacity of educators and students so that more students are supported to "manage self" and be resilient to challenges.

Consider the following points when looking at capability building:

The checklist for Step 3. Build Capability is;
School leadership sets the expectations for internet safety.
The importance of confidence in a teacher's ability to manage online safety in the classroom is understood by all.
The school has accessed external expertise on safety topics.
Schools support the establishment and use of "communities of practice" for the benefit of internet safety skills and Digital citizenship.