Gooseberry Alert – Tips of the Week

Welcome to your weekly ‘Gooseberry Alert’. Please feel free to share the ‘Gooseberry Planet Tips of the Week’. Helping to keep you and your whole school community Safe Online.

Gooseberry Student ‘Tip’ of the Week

Take and share photos safely online. Always ask permission to take someone else’s photo and think carefully about what you are taking photos of. Stay selfie safe, leave out details of your location and pose sensibly! If you must share online, think before you do and share only with real life friends only. Please share with your students.

Gooseberry Teacher ‘Thought’ of the Week

Social media can be a school’s best friend but we should all be thinking carefully about how it is used.

Are school accounts public or private groups? What is shared online with followers and who is following? Who monitors uploads and comments on school accounts? Check the security of school and personal accounts and be aware of what you and others are sharing online. Please share with your staff.

Gooseberry Parent ‘Tip’ of the Week

Sports days, school events and celebration assemblies can be great opportunities to capture special memories on camera and the small screen. Be aware of what and who you are taking pictures and videos of. Check all photos to make sure they are free from personal details and clues that may give away a location. Check the procedures at your child’s school for taking photographs and videos of children at school events. Be careful how you share them, particularly online. If you must share photos and videos online think about what you are sharing and who you are sharing them with. Please share with Parents.



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Gooseberry Planet Tips of the Week

Please feel free to share the ‘Gooseberry Planet Tips of the Week’ on your school website and in your weekly student, staff and parent bulletins. We will provide you with weekly top tips for your students, staff and parents that promote positive online behaviours and that reflect current issues.

Gooseberry Planet Student Tip of the Week

Having trouble resting at night? The internet is always awake but you are programmed to sleep. To help get a restful night’s sleep, set a night time mode on your device. Better still, turn off your device completely before you go to bed. The internet will still be there in the morning.

Gooseberry Planet Staff Tip of the Week

Digital climate Part 2: Further explore your student’s online habits. Find out how they use their devices, where they use them, how long they spend on them and when they turn them off. Collate the results and use them as a basis for a Maths activity and highlight potential barriers to learning.

Gooseberry Planet Parent Tip of the Week

Concerned that your child is online too much? Establish clear boundaries with your child to ensure that they spend a sensible amount of time online each day. Insist that devices are switched off and consider removing them at night time. Sleep and rest are non-negotiable.

Alert of the week – Online Gaming ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 4’

Our Gooseberry Guru team have been exploring an online game Five Nights at Freddy’s 4’. This horror game is the latest in a series, designed to scare players with the ‘jump factor’. The game is designed for ages 12+ but those with a sensitive nature should be aware. This is not a game suitable for young gamers. The game’s atmospheric setting is designed to terrify and uses sound, graphics and suspense to create unease and intensity. Set in darkness, players need to keep themselves alive by hiding from demonically possessed toys that stalk them from inside wardrobes and under the bed. This game should be played with caution as the psychological effects alone can be enough to disturb sleep and play on young minds.


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