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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 ‘Actions’ of the week 14.1.2019

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 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, Live.ly, 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. More comprehensive information and guidance for live streaming can be found in the handout at the bottom of this page.

 

Gooseberry Parent 'Support' of the week 17.12.2018

For today’s children, being part of an online community is perfectly normal and is considered by them to be an acceptable way to ‘make friends’. It is inevitable that at some stage, your child will connect and communicate with people online.

We should acknowledge the many advantages of the online world but educate our children, in an age appropriate way, of the risks. Being aware of who poses a risk and how to safely manage
communication online is a life skill they need to develop. But we need to do so sensitively, so that we do not unnecessarily worry younger children.


Any App, website or online game where people can connect and communicate creates potential risks. Unfortunately, the sites that appeal to children are targeted by those who wish them harm. A stranger attempting to engage in conversation with a child on the street would likely be identified by the child as a potential risk. The same person, playing alongside them in an online game, or engaging in an online chat, is unlikely to be seen in the same way. Using the “stranger danger” terminology in this context is ineffective and possibly misleading. Current risks to children include not only paedophiles but also those wishing to recruit drug runners (often tackling younger children who are less likely to be jailed if caught) and those trying to radicalise.


Speak to your child about the risks they face when communicating and connecting online:

  • Inappropriate chat or requests – empower your child to just say “No”. It might be something we discourage in other situations, but it is the best strategy in this case!
  • Sharing - avoid sharing personal information and photographs online that could be misused by others.
  • Grooming – teach your child to be wary of flattery, gifts and unusual amounts of contact.
  • Communication – ensure that your child is confident about what to do if they feel uncomfortable or are targeted online. Make sure you are ready to listen and help. Assure them you will not be angry if they admit foolish behaviour online – that their safety is the most important thing.
  • Online Friends – only have trusted friends from ‘real life’ as friends online.
  • Apps appropriate for age – using apps, games and websites that are age appropriate can reduce the risk of problems. Following community rules and knowing how to report inappropriate content can also help.
  • Turn off Microphones if playing games that connect with others online.

Gooseberry Parent 'Thoughts' of the week 10.12.2018
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, Live.ly, 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.