Who are Gooseberry Gurus?

Is your school spending money on a consultant presenting online safety workshops to Children, Parents and TeachersGooseberry Planet could save your school £100’s of pounds.

Gooseberry Guru: Online Safety


Who are Gooseberry Gurus?

Gooseberry Gurus can be any member of staff who has the capacity to share information with children, staff, teachers and parents. They can be a member of teaching staff, an appropriate support colleague or a colleague who is directly involved in delivering Safeguarding in your school.


Benefits to your school of becoming a Gooseberry Guru


A comprehensive range of workshop resources that can be delivered to students, staff and parents – including mini- workshops on specific topics such as SnapChat and FaceBook.

Access to informative and engaging presentations, promoting positive online behaviours.


Essential ‘how to’ guides and practical advice on the safe use and security of popular apps.


All resources are based on specialist research, reflecting current trends and risks online.


A valuable means of engaging parents. Access to expert advice and support in response to your online concerns.


Preparing Children For a Life Online – British Schools of the Middle East

Preparing Children For a Life Online

Preparing Children For Online Life

For the Schools of the Middle East

4th October 2018

11am Bahrain Time

Gooseberry Planet is 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?

During the workshop, we will explore all the current social media platforms and discuss the current threats and vulnerabilities that exist online for everyone.  You will challenge and reflect upon their own online behaviours and explore practical strategies that can be used immediately to keep themselves and others safer online. The delegates will also investigate Facebook, instagram, google, you tube etc.. privacy settings, Live gaming devices, Live video streaming and fake profiles. 

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.


Gooseberry Planet launches Prevent CPD

In partnership with a highly respected Prevent practitioner and subject matter expert, Gooseberry Planet has developed a comprehensive, accessible CPD that covers all aspects of the Prevent Duty that affect education. It is also the most up-to-date training available, incorporating the recently released CONTEST Strategy 2018 (which includes significant changes to Prevent) as well as the latest Home Office Channel referral figures which highlight the essential role that education plays in safeguarding young people through Prevent.

The CPD is divided into 7 sections, each one with a short assessment at the end to check understanding. Case studies involving different types of extremism (based on real-life Prevent referrals) are incorporated throughout the module to reinforce the learning and bring the CPD to life.

  • Introduction to the Prevent Duty
  • What is Prevent
  • Extremism
  • Responsibilities for schools
  • British Values
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Warning signs
  • Reporting

Personal Information


Welcome back!!

I know that you are being bombarded with back to school emails – Lots of different offers to tempt you. Fortunately, our Gooseberry Alerts are free, so no need to plead with you to sign up. 😊

Personal data is such a big topic.  We have all had our fair share of emails from companies pleading with us to allow them to email us.   The funny bit is that we all get very involved with the GDPR concept, but we do not think twice about the amount of information we share on social media.  Sometimes I want to scream at some of my friends who are always copying and pasting status, filling in quizzes and letting the world know that they are off on holiday.  You might think that isn’t personal data, but it is.  It’s personal to you.  Any information you give on any platform allows the social media company access to share unless you tell it not to do so.

I learnt the other day that if you have a Gmail account, the Google employees can read your PERSONAL emails, if you have connected your account to third party apps.  Also, Google say they are not tracking your location but apparently if you have an Android phone or have google apps ( on your iPhone, turning off “location history” (which most of would think would do the trick) only stops some of the tracking.   It is time to act and protest.  The internet is not well legislated and the large tech companies are basically cashing in.

We all need to be a little more vigilant with our data.  I now use something called a VPN, a virtual private network.  It cost me £30 for 3 years.  The VPN encrypts my messages and enables me to use unsecured public Wi-Fi without taking the risk of my communications being intercepted or hacked.   I am always logging into public Wi-Fi areas, when I am on the train, in hotels or a coffee shop.  It is almost second nature now, that when you visit a location, the first thing is to find the Wi-Fi key but these public Wi-Fi connections are very vulnerable and, unless you use a VPN, you should restrict your activity on them to web-browsing and not access any accounts and definitely don’t make online payments.

With the new school year beginning, a quick reminder that our Gooseberry Parent App is free of charge to all parents.  All they need to do is register via our website.  All they need to give us is their email and we do not pass on their data to anyone else.

Finally, I need your support.  Are you a teacher, parent or someone that works in the education technology industry?  We all have the right to a safe and secure life online, but we should be aware that personal information is big business! As adults, we are equipped to manage our personal information online, but children need better protection.  The Age Appropriate Design Code is under consultation.  It seeks to minimise the collection of children’s data by amount, kind and spread.   It supports a child’s right to retract, to correct or to challenge data held about them. We are asking Gooseberry Planet supporters to submit to the Information Commissioner’s call for evidence.

Gooseberry Guru
Team Gooseberry have been working hard this summer and added more workshops to our Gooseberry Guru. Facebook and WhatsApp are now in there with some videos on how to change privacy.  These are also available to Parents via Gooseberry Parent.  This is free of charge to parents.

Gooseberry Alert
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  and register.

Department for Education
KCSIE September 2018 takes effect this month. This will replace the September 2017 version, so make sure all of your policies reflect this.   Click here and look at the changes that have been made.

Best wishes for a happy, productive and safe new term.