Gooseberry Planet is an online resource to support the teaching of E-Safety. In lessons, children will use the app or website to play through a game to consolidate their learning. Your child has been given their username and password so they can access their account at home too. Their username and password will also grant access to the Gooseberry parent app and section of the website.
In the handouts below, there is information about various online games, websites and risks that will help you to understand what your child is doing online and how you can help them to stay safe In addition to the handouts, there are monthly 'Gooseberry Updates' which will be shared below.
Throughout the year, Gooseberry Planet provide parent webinars which aim to educate and support parents to keep their children safe online and provide up-to-date information about the latest trends and risks. Information about accessing these will be emailed the week before the event.
Gooseberry Alert September - Passwords
(adapted from Gooseberry planet handout and webinar)
Is your child aware of the importance of creating strong passwords on their devices?
Talk to them about the importance of keeping their phone and online details safe and
secure. Encourage them to create a passcode on their phone. This is important as it
protects any data that they may have on it as well as preventing friends sending prank
messages or images which sometimes cause upset and distress. If a friend needs to
borrow their phone, they should enter their code privately and retrieve the device from
their friend after use. Remind them to respect the privacy of others and never to take
advantage of having access to someone else’s device.
1. Try to make passwords short phrases (3 or 4 words long) that include capital letters, symbols and numbers.
2. Avoid completing quizzes online, such as on Facebook, as many of these are designed to collect data that is commonly used in passwords, such as your favourite colour.
3. Change the password of your home router regularly to keep your home network secure.
4. Never include personal information such as child or pet's name or birthday in your password.