At Weare Academy, online safety goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to safeguarding. Please also visit our safeguarding page here.
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of and this is changing continually.
We are committed to educating your children about the risks of going online and what your children can do to protect themselves.
We have an Online Safety Lead, Online Safety Committee and four members of staff who are Designated Safeguarding Lead trained. Each year, we complete the 360 Degree Safe online review tool which checks 29 aspects of our online safety curriculum, procedures and infrastructure,
After achieving the first level of award, 'Commitment to Safety Online', we have also achieved one of the highest levels of accreditation, 'Progression to Online Safety'.
As part of this commitment, we have worked towards a 'gold standard' e-safety accreditation through the '360 degree E-Safety' scheme.
Online safety educational programme
The children have a very good understanding of online safety and what to do if they feel uncertain when using different technologies. We use Somerset's ActiveBytes online safety curriculum from Reception to Year 4, in conjunction with our Jigsaw PSHE curriculum and whole school Christian values.
Safer Internet Day 2021 - 9th February
Next year's Safer Internet Day's theme is, 'his year's Safer Internet Day's theme is, 'an internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world' where we will be focusing particularly on assessing reliable sources of information and supporting children to question and challenge.
Safer Internet Day 2019 - 5th February
This year's Safer Internet Day's theme is, 'play your part for a better internet' and we will be particularly focusing on cyber-bulling.