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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Gooseberry Planet

Gooseberry Planet is an online resource to support the teaching of E-Safety. In lessons, children play through a game to consolidate their learning. 

Gooseberry Planet also offers hints and tips to parents which can be found in the handouts below. In addition to the handouts, there are weekly actions or key questions to consider which link directly to discussions the children will be having in class. 

Gooseberry Parent 'Thoughts' of the week 10.12.2018

Gooseberry Parent ‘Thoughts’ of the week
Key Messages:

  • Consider establishing tech-free time for the whole family, particularly in social situations such as mealtimes.
  • Try not to let tech distract from your interactions with your child. Talk, listen and spend uninterrupted time with them.
  • Talk to your child about how use of technology can adversely impact others and how it could be used more respectfully by everyone.

How much attention do you pay to warnings from experts about your use of technology? If it is not a warning about how it damages your health, it will be one about how it impacts your wellbeing.

Perhaps the best judges of the effects of technology on us are our children. Consider how your technology habits make your child feel. How does your child react when your use of technology interrupts your time with them? Is your use of technology sending them the right message?

Gooseberry Parent 'Thoughts' of the week 3.12.2018

Key messages:

  • Set a positive example to your child and try to establish some “family no-phone” time.
  • Try turning off notifications and using the “do not disturb” or “silent” function to avoid interruption. 

Designers use clever design gimmicks to try and persuade you to use your technology. Technology can even change how you think and begin to control what you do with your time. How much time do you spend on your device each day? Are you constantly checking messages or emails or social networking? Whatever you do with your technology, do you feel you are wasting time online?

Gooseberry Parent 'Thoughts' of the week 26.11.2018

Key messages:

  • We all have the right to have a safe and secure life online but we have a responsibility to make this happen.
  • Keeping personal information private can really help to protect your and your child online. 

Have you ever wondered why appealing adverts magically pop-up on your screen? Or how your device seems to ‘know’ where you have been online? If so, it is likely that you have shared a snippet of personal information somewhere else online that has increased the risk of this happening. Take a moment to think about how much information you share about yourself and your child online. Have you ever thought about the risks of sharing too much personal information online? Each time you ‘sign up with’ or share your personal information online you put yourself and others at risk. Avoid taking online quizzes and sharing the results online. Take time instead to check your “settings” to secure your web browser and read the terms and conditions of apps and websites to find out how businesses use cookies and your personal information.

Gooseberry Parent ‘Actions’ of the week 19.11.2018

Key Messages:

  • Ensure that your child is using age-appropriate apps.
  • Review and manage privacy settings to help control who can view content and connect with your child.
  • Disable comments.
  • Check the suitability of any content before it is viewed or shared.
  • Watch content together, supervise the content being created.

Live streaming (viewing, creating or broadcasting ‘real-time’ video content online) is popular amongst children but some content might be upsetting or inappropriate for your child to view. Knowing what your child is viewing, creating or sharing online can help you to manage how your child uses their technology and may help you reduce the risks to your child’s safety and well-being online.

Live streaming platforms include Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype,, Omegle and Periscope. Some only allow a limited number of people to view the content; others are open to all.

For most of these platforms the minimum user age is 13.

Live streaming platforms are known to be used by abusers who exploit the immediacy of these platforms to groom children, sometimes tricking them or daring them to stream nudity. We have more comprehensive advice on live streaming in the parent handout.