Gooseberry Planet uses gaming technology to help children learn about internet safety. In the course of a familiar game, children are exposed to online issues requiring a response such as meeting strangers, bullying, grooming and sexual exploitation. Children love playing games and Gooseberry Planet is a fun way to present internet safety situations to them. The software platform facilitates the participation of parents and teachers to discuss with their children/students the issues raised in the game, and to monitor their reactions to the situations. Internet safety is part of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and ICT in schools, but many schools don’t know how to teach the subject. It is very difficult to keep up with the trends and stay in touch with what their students are using. Gooseberry Planet has a number of Apps for schools, which will facilitate the intervention of teachers and parents.
We offer a complete solution for the whole school community, ensuring that every child is taught for a minimum of 12 weeks (1 hour per week) in each and every year of their primary school education!
The games target 5-13 year olds. There are 5 levels in total, each level has been adapted for different age groups.
Two other apps sit alongside the gaming software. One for the teacher (Gooseberry Teacher), which is a monitoring system and also a resource, and the other is Gooseberry Parent. The software platforms talk to each other whilst the student is playing the game.
Gooseberry Student is a unique gaming software. The child plays as a character called Taff, who will collect stars, family members and items and compete against his classmates. Taff will also face real life scenarios, and learn through the consequences of his own reactions. Learning this way will teach children how to respond in real life, and the game gives the confidence and knowledge to do this.
There are 9/10 games within each level, addressing different areas of being online . Watch a demo here
Gooseberry Teacher records how each child is reacting to the scenarios and will monitor the class whilst playing. The software will show if a student isn’t responding in the correct manner, and it will also allow the Teacher to see exactly how the young person is scoring,highlighting any vulnerabilities. The system also allows the teacher to follow each student and assess how they are improving throughout the year. A great tool when Ofsted are visiting; it gives real evidence on how effective the learning has been. There is a comprehensive resource with online safety lesson plans, E-safety workbooks that sit alongside the game, presentations, posters and much more.
Gooseberry Parent allows the parent to see how their child is reacting within the game, whilst playing at school. The system will enable the parent to view each question and the answer their child made. It also offers advice to help engage in conversations they need to have. The resources area is full of tips and advice for the carer to learn and be part of their child’s learning journey. It also gives hints and tips about different aspects of internet safety.
We strongly believe that internet safety needs to be more comprehensively addressed in schools. With the ever expanding internet, and the growing generation gap between us and our kids, there are new potential dangers that arise every day. At Gooseberry Planet we aim to keep on top of the trends and threats online so that we can protect as many children as we possibly can.
Gooseberry Planet covers the following topics:
- Sexual Exploitation
- Live Gaming
- Web Cams & Live Streaming
- Social Networking
- People Online
- Meeting Up
- Chat Rooms
- Online Bullying
- In-App Purchases
- Online Safety for Students
- Teaching Internet Safety to Students
- Internet Safety and Online Safety tips for kids
- Online Bullying tips for children