What we ALL need to do to make sure our children and our data from now on is protected

Gooseberry Planet Newsletter

Stella’s Update

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I am sure you would not have missed the news   lately about personal data breaches at   Facebook.  I don’t think there is a news bulletin   without some mention of personal data.  I   decided to download all my data from   Facebook to see what they had on me.  Here is   a link to show   you how.  Gosh, I was shocked.  I have strong   privacy settings,   but the amount I have posted and that has been stored over the years is staggering.  It would take me days to go through it all.  Mind you, a quick look did reveal some really cute videos of my children 8 years ago.

Facebook have promised to manage our data in a better way but I think this is a little too late.  The information is out there already, and we cannot change that.  It is also interesting how quiet all the other companies are being; no word from Snapchat or Twitter on this.  The truth is, they are all harvesting our data.  We have to acknowledge that a free service needs to be funded but the amount and range of information that was able to be collected by Cambridge Analytica, including those who had no direct contact with the Company, is appalling. I hope that Facebook are made an example of so that in the future companies will be more careful.

YouTube (Google) are also in breach of American Federal law according to a complaint described in this article.  It claims that much of YouTube is designed for kids and that the company must know it is used by under 13’s despite the statement that it is not for this age group.  Despite creating YouTube Kids, popular programmes such as Pepper Pig and Sesame Street have been kept on the main adult site.  So much for wanting to protect children – it seems to me what they really want is more users and more advertising revenue!  We are £ signs to them, that’s it.

I hope that the rise in awareness of personal data issues, as a result of the Cambridge Analytica story, will lead to a requirement that all social media and apps should automatically default to private rather than public settings.    I also welcome the additional responsibilities applicable to processing of data for those located in the EU soon to come into force under the General Data Protection Regulation.  This will require increased transparency about the data collected, the purposes for which it will be used and the right to have data corrected or deleted.

What we ALL need to do to make sure our children and our data from now on is protected, is to go into all of our apps and social media accounts and check the privacy settings. We also need to educate the next generation in a better way and really stress the importance of protecting personal information and not oversharing.

Stella

CEO Gooseberry Planet

App Alert: Fortnite

Some of you might have heard about Fortnite.  Fortnite is a battle game where children can play in different modes and with different people. There are 2 types of game modes, Duo and Squads, and both allow random players, even if you have secured your privacy settings.  If you have children playing this game, you need to press down with your right thumb stick to prevent random players joiningIssues are starting to arise with this and children are connecting with some rather unpleasant adults who are using explicit language and gestures.  We are working on a parent handout for the next alert in about 10 days time.  It will be available on the Gooseberry Parent platform but you may prefer to share it directly with your parents.

Gooseberry Teacher UKCISS Framework
Some of you will know that this came out a few weeks ago.  We are working on additional resources for the games to ensure that the platform stays current and fits with the new framework.  This will add to the over 150 resource documents available on the platform for teachers to access now.

Gooseberry Parent We have just finished adding more parent advice to Gooseberry Parent.  For every scenario in the game, we give advice on creating a conversation and the areas to talk about.  There are also over 40 parent handouts explaining different apps, games etc. We support the parent, so that you, as the teacher, can focus on teaching.

Events  

Come and talk to us if you are in the area.  The University of Salford are holding an online safety event on the 26th April.  They have some great keynote speakers talking on E-safety.

Partners

We are now working in partnership with Smoothwall.  They are running Online Safety Master classes across the country.  The next is on the 2nd May in Edinburgh.  Follow this link to find out more.  Register Here

Cobis

Cobis Annual Conference “Leading Learning” – 12/13/14th May – London.  Follow this link to find out more.

Online Safety – Parent Webinar

10th May 2018 at 8pm

One of my biggest passions is to help parents understand what their children are accessing online.  I also understand how hard it is to get parents to attend the workshops you put on.  Often you get the engaged parents rather than the ones who really need the advice.     This is a webinar and will last a maximum of 90 minutes.

Please copy and paste this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8461769308535695106 and share with your parents to invite them to attend.  It is free and there is no sales pitch, just pure information and updates on the latest apps

“Thanks so much for the safety seminar this evening – there were many interesting points made (simple yet effective measures to make our kids safer online) but my greatest take-away from the session is awareness. That rather than to simply ban apps, games or websites, talking to your kids and walking through games and content with them is the key. Kids can then be highlighted to possible dangers which you as a parent might well not have aware of beforehand. Planning to sit down and walk through every app with my son at the weekend! Next time I would really appreciate more tips on website content and restrictions. Keep up the excellent work!”

Gooseberry Planet on the road

If your school is within a 90 minute journey of RG27 9HD, I will be happy to come and present one for you.  I could also help train a member of your staff to be a Gooseberry Guru, so that they can deliver online safety workshops directly to your school community.

CPD ONLINE SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS

24th April at 4pm

We know how hard it is to keep up to date with the latest online trends and as teachers you just don’t have time to do the research.

We also know that you are often called upon to address the problems of issues online.

Our sessions will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon and question your own knowledge and give you the help and advice you need when talking to Parents and Students.  It is free of charge just sign up here

Gooseberry Alert 28

This month’s Gooseberry Alert focusses on ‘Personal Information’ – a great topic to share with your parents.  If you haven’t registered for this service already, please do.  It is free of charge – just click here

Bullying – Is there more we can do as Parents?

Is there more we should do as Parents?

I had dinner with a friend recently who disclosed that her daughter was being tormented at school, by a long-term friend.  My friend’s approach to the otherParents: don't put your head in the sand about online safety parent, asking if she could have a word with her daughter, unfortunately fell on deaf ears.

Why do we think our sons or daughters would never do anything cruel or unkind?  Perhaps it is natural to protect our own children, and sometimes, of course, there is fault on both sides – but with the right approach, a conversation with our children about the need to treat each other with kindness could transform the life of another child.

So, come on people; as parents we have an opportunity to step in here.  We can acknowledge to our children that their friends can be annoying or not as cool as others, but we should explain that they have a responsibility to treat them with respect and find a non-bullying response to whatever issues they are having.  Such a small step might even stop a bullied child from taking their own life.  Words do hurt and because of the online world we live in, it can feel that there is no hiding place.  I was bullied at secondary school and it was horrible but 20 years ago, at least I could go home and forget.

We must accept that when it comes to friendship issues, not every child is innocent, and it might be our child who is the bully.  If so, we need to understand not only the hurt that they are causing to another and the need to stop it but also why our child might be behaving that way.  Sometimes, taking the time to discuss the problem with the “bully”, why they are behaving that way and the effect they are having, can reveal problems or insecurities in your own child.  You might be able to improve the lives of two children at once!

One of the really important things we can do is to teach our children the skills and confidence to block anyone who is bullying them online.  As parents we need to know how to handle the settings on social media so that we can teach our children how to block unwanted messages.  We also need to reassure them that it is okay to block someone and to help them to be resilient in situations where they are blocked by others.  We need to explain, when you block a user, they are not notified of that action.

As parents, it is our responsibility to guide, it is our responsibility to work together to stop unkind behaviour and help prevent tragic events from happening.

We have got to work harder to stop bullying.  We need to give our children the skills to protect themselves online and take responsibility for any action OUR child might have said or done. Don’t shy away from a conversation with the other parent when a few considerate words might make all the difference.   Schools often get the brunt of this and from my own experiences don’t or aren’t always able to resolve any problems or even take any actions.  We should be taking the appropriate action and making sure the problem does not exist.  Our lives are busy, there is always something else that we need to be doing, but this is a child’s life, and no one should be bullied.

I came across this video over the weekend, which is very powerful.  https://www.facebook.com/Ninecomau/videos/1750109161694755/

Latest Newsletter – March 2018

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A welcome message from Stella

Stella-ImageI would like begin this issue of Gooseberry   News with an apology!  We know that we have   been sending quite a few emails lately and  in future we plan to send less emails.

There is so much going on in the world of   Online Safety and in the news, about the risks   we all face online.  We want to make  sure you have a round up of the most   important and up to date information.

We only have to listen to the news to   find out how Facebook is using our data.  It   still amazes me how people unknowingly choose to give away their personal information to companies.  As users we are making them a fortune with our most precious information.  Some say the easiest solution would be to shut down your online profiles and get on with ‘real-life’, but the reality is, that is unlikely to happen.  Once you have shared your personal information online it’s a bit too late!

In one of my live webinars I talked about changing and managing privacy settings and how we should be teaching children exactly what they are signing up for.  As a teacher, how up to date is your knowledge when it comes to teaching your children about managing their online privacy?   71% of teachers have a Facebook account and it is likely that there is a high percentage that are sharing personal information without realising it.  We just need to look for it.  Our own behaviour can make us more vulnerable online and our accounts easier to hack.  Entering competitions on Facebook and sharing details like our DOB, our cat’s name, our favourite colour, can help those with the intent and ability to build up a picture of who we are.  Some of the basic information we share online can allow others to complete the jigsaw and discover our online passwords and access our private accounts.

It is time for us all to wake up and start protecting ourselves and each other online.

Stella
CEO Gooseberry Planet

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Gooseberry Planet Feedback Corner 

“We are only in the early stages of using this platform, but have already seen a big impact across the school community. The children are engaged by the gamification and are having much more informed discussions regarding e-safety. 

The parent body has welcomed the practical information, as well as the rise in profile for this ever-changing topic, and staff have appreciated the wealth of resources, which are constantly updated”. (Brendan Herron, The British School of Marbella)

Gooseberry Alerts

This month’s Gooseberry Alert focusses on ‘Screen Time’ and questions ‘What’s your limit?’ A great topic to share with ypicture2.pngour parents.  If you haven’t registered for this service already please do.  It is free of charge just click here

Online Safety – Parent Webinar We recently ran a free Online Safety – Parent webinar.  It was a huge success and we had parents from all over the world attending online.

“Thanks so much for the safety seminar this evening – there were many interesting points made (simple yet effective measures to make our kids safer online) but my greatest take-away from the session is awareness. That rather than to simply ban apps, games or websites, talking to your kids and walking through games and content with them is the key. Kids can then be highlighted to possible dangers which you as a parent might well not have aware of beforehand. Planning to sit down and walk through every app with my son at the weekend! Next time I would really appreciate more tips on website content and restrictions. Keep up the excellent work!”

We will be doing the webinars on a regular basis so why not stay in touch for more details and see what else we offer other via our Facebook Page or have a look around our website?

Why not enquire about a Parent Workshop too?
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NEW SERVICECPD ONLINE SAFETY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS

We know how hard it is to keep up to date with the latest online trends and as teachers you just don’t have time to do the research.  We also know that you are often called upon to address the problems as a result of issues online.

Our sessions will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon and question your own knowledge and give you the help and advice you need when talking to Parents and Students.

It is free of charge just sign up here

Events

Stay in touch with any events we might be holding follow this link


CPD Online Safety for Teachers

This webinar is tailored for Teachers and is FREE OF CHARGE!

Stella has become a well-known speaker on the subject of Online Safeguarding and regularly speaks at schools and educational events across the UK.  She is passionate about raising the profile of E-Safety in schools and about engaging and educating the whole school community.  We all have a combined responsibility to protect and prepare children for a life online.  But are we doing enough?

The session will explore and discuss the current threats and vulnerabilities that exist online for everyone. The session will highlight the importance of involving parents in the child’s learning journey and show how Gooseberry Planet can equip teachers with a complete toolkit to effectively and confidently address the subject of E-Safety.

Our informative webinar will cover ALL aspects of online safety, with particular focus on:

  • Managing Privacy Settings
  • Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat etc)
  • Live Video
    Streaming
  • Sharing Personal Information
  • Latest Apps to be aware of
  • Online Gaming
  • Monitoring a child’s internet usage
  • Advice for parents

When?
24th April at 4pm

How?
Please register for Online Safety CPD for Teachers ONLY on Apr 24, 2018 4:00 PM BST at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7490011036727646979
YOU MUST REGISTER WITH A SCHOOL EMAIL

A CPD certificate will be supplied if you attended this webinar.