Keeping Children Safe In Education – Online Safety Update

Keeping Children Safe In Education – Online Safety Update

Keeping Children Safe In Education has been updated and comes into force in September 2018. Have you seen the changes?  This webinar will go over the changes that have happened which are connected to e-safety or online safety.  If you cannot make the webinar please follow the link here. 

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6th September at 2pm (UK Time)

Webinar language: English

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Spain – Online Safety Workshop for Teachers & Parents 27th September 2018


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Online Safety Teacher Workshop
27th September 2018

Aloha College, Marbella

I am delighted to announce that we are coming to Spain in September to hold an E-Safety workshop for schools. I would like to say a huge thank you to Aloha College for hosting the event in Marbella. This is open to Heads, IT Leads and Safeguarding leads. I will be covering online addiction, persuasive design, using social media safely and preparing children for online life. Please follow this link and book your ticket today.

We also know how hard it is to engage with Parents about their child’s internet usage. We will be holding a FREE Parent Workshop. Please feel free to share this link below with your parents to RSVP or even better put up the attached poster around your school or share via email.

Look forward to meeting you on Thursday September 27th at 5pm.

Babcock Online Safety Event – Book Now

We are very excited to be part of the Babcock Conference in September.

Monday 10th September 2018 | Babcock Conference Centre, Surrey | 09:00 – 16:00

Babcock Education and Gooseberry Planet are passionate about raising the profile of E-Safety in schools and about engaging and educating the whole school community. Parents and teachers have a combined responsibility to protect and prepare children for a life online. But are we doing enough? Do we feel comfortable talking about online dangers? CAN we talk about them or does lack of knowledge, coupled with the digital divide between us and the younger generation, make this difficult?

This one day conference combines the practical learning from Gooseberry planet, alongside keynote speakers who bring with them practical experience and genuine case studies. The importance of Prevent as a safeguarding duty for education, and how some young people are more vulnerable online than others will be discussed.

This valuable, informative day is not to be missed!

Book Now Online Safety Conference Book Now

Key reasons to attend

  • Empowering children with the knowledge to protect themselves and their personal information online
  • Feel more confident in your classroom knowing that you are speaking in your students language
  • Real hands on advice that you can take back to your school and implement straight away

Who should attend

All  Phases of Education

  • Headteachers
  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Teachers
  • School Business Managers


Stella James, Gooseberry Planet

Adrienne Katz, Director, Youthworks Consulting Ltd
Sean Arbuthnot, SMA Prevent Training
Steve Clarke, Director of Computing & Curriculum Consultant, Therfield School

Is persuasive design making you addicted to your phone?



Online addiction and persuasive technology have been all over the news again.  The BBC had a Panorama Programme last week – The Dark Side, which was fascinating.  It demonstrated how we are being deliberately exploited by persuasive design, to generate profit by keeping us online longer.  It  does make you think twice about picking up your devices.  Some experts are referring to the addiction as Digital Cocaine. I have even found images of children snorting cocaine on their iPhones.  Are we making a big fuss or is all this true and should we be trying to fight back?

I know last week I spoke about online addiction, but this sits very closely with persuasive technology.  Former employees of technology companies have admitted they are designing their wares to lure us in and keep us hooked.  They are playing on the very human element of addiction and are studying, through science, psychology and our own social media usage, how we engage, even down to the colour of the like button.  Every time we pick up our phones, get an alert or a notification, it gives us a rush..  What really fascinates me is that most of us just accept this.[  We are happy to let our children have devices 24 hours a day.  Social media platforms watch our every move, they know we need to be loved and the more we are loved the more we will use their platform.  The longer they keep us hooked, the more money the companies earn.   Take a few minutes and watch the BBC Documentary on iPlayer; it amazes me how they are getting away with it.  If your little corner shop sold alcohol or any addictive substance to a 15-year-old, it would be shut down in minutes, yet despite the growing recognition of the negative effects of overuse of social media, there is little reaction against these companies  attempting to exploit us.

High profile owners and employees of large tech companies have admitted that  their children are not allowed near social media or even allowed to have a smart phone. Should we not be following their well-informed lead.   Since watching ‘the Dark Side’I have again made changes.  I take my son’s phone away from him and make him go and make him find others ways to entertain himself.  You see so many items in the news feeds saying kids of the 80’s were playing in parks, but children of today sit on technology.  Whose fault is that?  Ours, we are allowing it to happen.  We all need to be bored. I was listening to  Fern Cotton’s, ‘Happy Place’ a few weeks ago and she was interviewing Kirsty Young.  Her mother’s advice to her was ‘just take time, sit at a wall and dribble’. Let’s embrace boredom, enjoy some quiet time and let our imaginations come alive. 

I know you must probably use it as an alarm, as I did, but why not use a good old-fashioned alarm clock intead. Leave all phones downstairs. We need a digital cleanse in the evening.  From the moment you switch off your iPhone or laptop, it takes 2.5 – 3 hours for your brain to reach the deep sleep/REM state. So, if you want to sleep at 22:00, your phone should be on aeroplane mode by 19:00. Teenagers are spending on average 18 hours a week online; I wonder if adults equal this.  I am pretty sure we do.  Most of you will be gasping at this point.  Okay, I am not perfect, and my phone is still on at 10pm, but I do leave it downstairs with both my boys’ phones and the internet goes off at 10pm too.

I know last week I set the challenge of #nophones, but this week, let’s try and digital cleanse before bedtime and get our children to do this too.