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Gooseberry Alert 18 – “Staying Healthy Online”

Gooseberry Student ‘Thoughts’ of the week

Pictures often tell a story.  Look carefully at this picture. Think about and discuss the following questions.

What do you think is going on in this picture?
How are the toys feeling?
Why might they feel like this?

Describe in your own words what the artist might be trying to tell us.
Suggest one thing you could do to have a healthier life online.
Please share with your students.

Source: @MetDaanMagazine 29 September 2017

Gooseberry Teacher ‘Thoughts’ of the week

The online health and wellbeing of staff is just as important as that of the students.  Taking time to reflect how staff use technology outside of school for their work could help improve their online health and wellbeing.  Consider the following, are there guidelines to help support staff with their use of technology as a tool for their work and promote practical use of it outside of the classroom?  Are parents aware of how to make appropriate contact online with staff?  Are they aware of the expectations regarding appropriate reply and response time?  Is there a school etiquette for using technology to communicate, that helps promote health and wellbeing online?    Please share with your staff.

 Gooseberry Parent ‘Thoughts’ of the week

If you use email or an electronic messaging service to keep in contact with your child’s school please use them with care and consideration.  Most teachers work well beyond the end of the school day, so please think about the time chosen to make contact, consider how important the message is and whether there might be a better way to communicate.  Choosing the most effective way to communicate with your child’s school can often help reduce problems and resolve issues quickly.  Finding out the school policy on making contact using technology may help to decide on the best method and provide information on what to expect.  Please share with Parents.

 In the news… In the news… In the news… In the news… In the news…

Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had “not done enough” to clarify their policies”.  She simplified the websites’ terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings.

 The slimmed-down guides are a response to the Commissioner’s Growing Up Digital report, which found that most children do not understand the agreements they sign when they create social media accounts.

She said, “much more needs to be done” by all of the social media giants to “make them more accountable and transparent”.  The commissioner had criticised Instagram for its 17-page, 5,000-word terms and conditions.

To view the one page summaries for Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube please visit www.gooseberryplanet.com and Login to Gooseberry Parent or Gooseberry Guru.

 What is alerting you this week?

Let us find what you need to know and share our tips with you.  Helping to keep everyone safer online.

Tweet your alert to: @Gooseberryplan

Contact us at: www.gooseberryplanet.com

Email us: help@gooseberryplanet.com

NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES…

Gooseberry Student

Town Level has been released and is now live (desktop access only).  Android and IOS release for Town Level in the next month.  Other exciting things have been happening on Gooseberry Planet over the summer.  Playground, Street and Village are now supported by audio on IOS and Google Play.  City Level, coming soon.

Gooseberry Parent

We are delighted to be able to introduce our new Parent Handouts22 resources that inform parents about what they need to know and how they can reduce the risks for themselves and their children, when choosing and using popular apps.  Access these resources through Gooseberry Parent and Gooseberry Guru.

Gooseberry Guru

Learn how to secure online social media accounts with our new ‘How To’ presentations on Snapchat and Instagram.  Access these resources and more through the Gooseberry Guru portal.

Want to know more?  Visit us as www.gooseberryplanet.com

Gooseberry Alert 17 – 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 ‘Thoughts’ of the week

Things that happen in the real world can be quickly shared online, both in the news and by people you know. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to believe.  If you have seen or read something online and you feel worried, angry, confused or upset by it, always speak to someone you trust who can talk with you about it.  Using reliable and trusted sources online and in the real world, can help you to check the facts for yourself.  This can help you with difficult real life situations too.  Please share with your students.

Gooseberry Teacher ‘Thoughts’ of the week

It can be a challenge for adults to understand what happens in the real and online world, even more so when you are tasked with helping and supporting children make sense of what is going on around them.  Social media can spread messages and information quickly and it can be difficult to know what is true, false and fake.  This might be particularly important after an upsetting local, national or global event.  To help your students understand and form educated opinions about what they read and see online, encourage them to think about where information comes from.  Using reliable and trusted sources and checking different places to verify information can help your students make decisions about true, false and fake information.  Please share with your staff.

Gooseberry Parent ‘Thoughts’ of the week

Social media plays a big part in sharing information quickly online.  It can be difficult to know what to believe.  If your child has seen something online or in the real world, take time to speak with them about it.  This might be particularly important after an upsetting local, national or global event.  Your child may read information, watch videos online and hear comments that might need explaining.  Using a variety of reliable and trusted sources to check information can help you to form an opinion and explain difficult information.  This can help reduce the risk of false and fake news and encourage your child to check facts for themselves.  Please share with Parents.

What is alerting you this week?

Just like the World Wide Web, Gooseberry Planet is an online community.  We aim to bring you the latest information, sharing support and tips to help reduce risks and keep you and your whole school community safer online.

This week we invite you to send us your alerts about the apps, websites or issues online that you are concerning you, your students and their parents/carers.

Let us find what you need to know and share our tips with you.  Helping to keep everyone safer online.

Tweet your alert to: @Gooseberryplan

Contact us at: http://gooseberryplanet.com

Email us: help@gooseberryplanet.com

NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES

 

Gooseberry Student

Town Level has been released and is now live (desktop access only).  Android and IOS release for Town Level in the next month.  Other exciting things have been happening on Gooseberry Planet over the summer.  Playground, Street and Village are now supported by audio on IOS and Google Play.  City Level, coming soon.

Gooseberry Parent

We are delighted to be able to introduce our new Parent Handouts22 resources that inform parents about what they need to know and how they can reduce the risks for themselves and their children, when choosing and using popular apps.  Access these resources through Gooseberry Parent and Gooseberry Guru.

Gooseberry Guru

Learn how to secure online social media accounts with our new ‘How To’ presentations on Snapchat and Instagram.  Access these resources and more through the Gooseberry Guru portal.

Want to know more?  Visit us as www.gooseberryplanet.com

Gooseberry Alert – Back to School

Welcome back to the new term and 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 ‘Tips’ for the new term

The new term may bring new students to your class and new opportunities to make friends.  Before deciding to add your classmates as online friends, take time to get to know them in real life first.  It is important to know and trust who you are friends with online.  Being careful about who you have as friends online can help reduce the risk of problems later.  Please share with your students.

Gooseberry Teacher ‘Tips’ for the new term

New term, new staff new opportunities for problems online.  To help reduce the risk of problems online for new and existing staff, make sure colleagues are clear about their personal and professional responsibilities, when using technology inside and outside of the classroom.  Encourage staff to read relevant materials that outline school expectations when using I.T.  Use the new term as an opportunity to review existing policies to reflect your educational context.  Taking time for a quick reminder could help avoid problems later.  Please share with your staff.

Gooseberry Parent ‘Tips’ for the new term

If your child is starting a new school or is meeting new classmates, they may wish to add them as online friends.  Speak to your child about the safest way to be friends with people online.  Encourage your child to take time to get to know new students in real life first.  Remind your child that it is important to know and trust who you are friends with online.  Being careful about who you have as friends online can help reduce the risk of problems later.  Please share with Parents. 

Alert of the week – Sarahah

We have had several enquiries and been alerted to an incident of grooming, in an app called Sarahah.  This is an anonymous feedback app, which is being used to bully people online.  It is also used to befriend and groom.  Sarahah syncs with Snapchat and other forms of social media.  Users collect personal information from other online accounts and use this to help convince the recipient they know them, sharing names and specific locations.  This is a high-risk app that enables inappropriate contact with people online.  It is difficult to manage and monitor.  Our advice is to avoid this app altogether.

Reducing the risk:

  • Remove the app if it is already installed.
  • Avoid linking the app with other social media accounts.
  • Check online friend lists.
  • Avoid sharing personal information on any social media account.
  • Be aware of who can and cannot view your content.
  • If your child has been using this app. Always encourage children to talk to a trusted adult.

 

NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES… NEW RESOURCES…

Gooseberry Parent

We are delighted to be able to introduce our new Parent Handouts22 resources that inform parents about what they need to know and how they can reduce the risks for themselves and their children, when choosing and using popular apps.  Access these resources through Gooseberry Parent and Gooseberry Guru.

Gooseberry Guru

Learn how to secure online social media accounts with our new ‘How To’ presentations on Snapchat and Instagram.  Access these resources through Gooseberry Guru.

Gooseberry Student

Exciting things have been happening on Gooseberry Planet over the summer.  We proud to bring you access to Playground, Street and Village which are now supported by audio on IOS and Google Play.  Our new Town level will be released this month with our City level, hot on its heels.

Want to know more?  Visit us as www.gooseberryplanet.com

Saharhah App

What is it?

Sarahah.com is a free app that syncs up to Snapchat and other social media.  It allows people to anonymously share things online they probably would never share face to face.  All you need are some basic personal details and you are free to use the un-monitored platform as you wish.

Sarahah came out originally in February earlier this year in the Middle East and was incredibly popular there and Northern parts of Africa. From there it grew into a more global App, and has now even become an increasingly popular app for both Northern America and European companies.

It originated from an Arabic website but has now been fully translated into English and has been developed into an app so it can link to all forms of Social Media.  Users are currently using Snapchat to post their Sarahah pages in their Snapchat story and encourage people to anonymously roast (Slate, verbally bash a person) or compliment them.  These anonymous messages can then put up the anonymous messages up on Snapchat and react/show others what they received from said anonymous people.

Who uses it and why?

Sarahah is popular with younger teens even though the app is recommended for age 17+ according to the App Store.  This app is popular probably due to its anonymity.  Some people online like the idea of being able to write an anonymous post to get out any pent up frustration towards a person or to critique a person they don’t get along with.

The App was originally developed a business tool and was intended for people to talk to their boss or give their bosses anonymous feedback on how they feel things are going within a working environment and give constructive criticism

How is it used now?

In essence, Sarahah is used as an anonymous way of telling people, be them colleagues, friends or family, what you really think about them without any means or way (unless you give a specific indication it’s you) of identification.

As with most social networking it is open to abuse and misuse.  This app enables people online to bully others and has the capacity to facilitate grooming online.

Why is it used?

Much like 4Chan, Reddit or YouTube it is a way for people to have anonymity if they want to. Something about a life without names or faces online can attract difficult and cruel people who would attack or compliment people with the page and remain anonymous without facing repercussions. If a person were to ask for compliments, they might use Sarahah as a way to get those compliments but with the risk of them getting attacked or roasted.

Similar things to this?

Ask.FM was a popular app back in 2013 and many people used it as a form of speaking to random people online and asking them random questions for a small laughter with friends, it became popular in the very early months of 2015 and since then, like many apps of this kind, has dwindled in popularity.

Yik-Yak is still a popular app that allows people to post things anonymously and other people within that area to see it. You can also search up a certain place and see the ‘Yaks’ that come from it, this too has the capacity to be aimed towards a certain person, people or company as a form of online bullying.

Reducing the risk of inappropriate contact:

  • Keep personal details private. If you must use this app, create a non descript username.
  • Avoid re-posting comments on other social media platforms.
  • Seek help or talk to a trusted adult if you see something that has upset you.
  • Avoid adding to or making comments on posts that have been made by other people online.
  • Secure your friend lists on all social media platforms.
  • Only be friends online with people you would be friends with in the real world.
  • Ideally, avoid using this app altogether or expect to be messaged with comments that you may find upsetting or offensive.

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