Gooseberry planet is using gaming technology to help children learning 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 gp 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 being personal, social, health economic (pshe) education in schools, but many schools don’t know how to teach the subject. Gooseberry school has a number of apps for schools, which will facilitate the intervention of teachers and parents.
The gamification software targets 4-16 year olds. There are 5 levels in total, each level has been adapted for different age groups.
2 other apps sit alongside the gaming software, one for the teacher (gooseberry teacher) which is a monitoring system and also a resource and the gooseberry parent. The software platform talks to each other whilst the student is playing the game
Gooseberry Parent allows the parent to see how their child is reacting within the game, the resource area is full of tips and advice for the carer to learn and be part of their child’s learning journey.