Estonia

There is no comprehensive overview about how much online content and services are available for children in Estonia, but it could, however, be said that there are quite a lot of companies and organisations who provide content for children and young people under 18 years of age in a child-friendly manner, including websites and mobile applications. There are initiatives supported by governmental agencies (for example, lasteabi.ee and its application) and there are also private companies and entities who provide content for children. The content typically involves information, fun, and cultural activities, as well as educational materials and exercises.
 
There is quite a lot of information and training available for children and young people about the positive and safe use of digital devices and the internet, including the role of schools. Also, the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) plays an active role in providing information and support about the positive use of the internet and digital devices for children, youngsters and their parents. However, there is still a need for more information and advice aimed at parents on how they can support their children's positive use of the internet and digital devices.
 
The HITSA's Innovation Centre supports the creation, adaption and re-use of digital learning resources and to that effect develops guidelines for the creation of high-quality learning materials. In Estonia different governmental documents and development plans are aimed to developing children and young people's digital competences and skills (for example: Estonian Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020: A digital focus in lifelong learning; Information society  Digital Agenda 2020 for Estonia ). 
 
The responsibility for implementing the goals set in these documents mainly lies with Ministry of Education and Research and on institutions in its administrative authority (e.g. HITSA). Curriculum for pre-school as well as for general education school includes developing digital competence and skills and schools are entitled to deal with the subject. As such, educational resources and tools, including websites and apps for children and students are provided and available more than resources providing entertaining content.
 
For more information on positive content approaches in Estonia, please contact the Estonian Safer Internet Centre in the first instance - find contact details and further information here.

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  • Screenshot of the Lasteleht website
    Estonian

    Lasteleht

    Country: Estonia

    Age range: 3-6 years of age, 6-8 years of age, 8-10 years of age

    Lasteleht is a Christian website for children containing Bible stories, games, tales, and so on. It is for children to learn about religion in child-friendly language and manner.

    By Eesti Lastemisjon MTÜ

  • Screenshot of the Targalt Internetis website
    English, Estonian, Other

    Targalt Internetis/Smartly on the Web

    Country: Estonia

    Age range: 6-8 years of age, 8-10 years of age, 10-12 years of age

    The website provides information and a learning space for acquiring good social communication skills, particularly online. The website provides thematic cartoons, tests, videos, as well as other ...

    By Estonian Safer Internet Centre

  • Screenshot of the Kiusamisest vabaks website
    Estonian

    Kiusamisest vabaks/Free of Bullying

    Country: Estonia

    Age range: 6-8 years of age

    The "Free of Bullying" website aims to support in developing children's social communication skills. It enables them to obtain knowledge and experience on how to communicate in a friendly way wit ...

    By Estonian Union for Child Welfare

  • Screenshot of the Looduskalender website's landing page
    English, Estonian, German, Spanish

    Looduskalender

    Country: Estonia

    Age range: 10-12 years of age

    The Looduskalender website provides possibilities to follow the natural life of birds, animals and other species through livestreams. The website also provides various information and news a ...

    By NPO Fenolo

  • Screenshot of Lastejaam
    Estonian

    Lastejaam

    Country: Estonia

    Age range: 3-6 years of age, 6-8 years of age, 8-10 years of age

    The aim of the lastejaam.ee website is not only to provide content for children, but also to create content for and with children. The websit ...

    By Eesti Rahvusringhääling