Celebrating SID in schools, kindergartens and youth centres in Estonia

  • Awareness
  • 15/03/2018
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 right across the globe. Read on to find out more about how the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) marked the day.

In Estonia, the Safer Internet Day 2018 kick-off event took place on 18 January when an invitation to celebrate Safer Internet Day during the period 6-10 February 2018 was sent to all schools, kindergartens and youth centres. In the invitation, all recipients were asked to describe and give information about their activities for Safer Internet Day. Together with the invitation, recipients were also sent a set of thematic educational materials (lesson plans, videos, information materials, and so on) as inspiration for organising different activities.
 
Every school, kindergarten and youth centre who informed the Estonian SIC about their SID celebration activities were placed on an interactive map as shown below - click on the icons to find out more about the various events.
 

 
Most activities were carried out on 6 February, Safer Internet Day itself, but some schools celebrated the occasion across the whole week. Activities included the organisation of thematic lessons, lectures, interactive workshops, online and offline games, and quizzes. In some schools, thematic offline and online posters were created, and thematic discussions were carried out using the forum theatre method, for example on cyberbullying issues. One school initiated a workshop on fake news in order to test students' critical thinking ability. Altogether, about 15,000 children and young people from all over Estonia participated in activities and events organised by their school, kindergarten or youth centre.
 
Also on 6 February 2018, the Estonian SIC published a special edition of the Estonian Union for Child Welfare's online magazine dedicated to SID 2018. The online magazine included thematic articles which were written by different specialists working in the area of IT, education and youth work, and also in public authorities. The magazine was disseminated via the Estonian SIC website and also via the online channels of different stakeholders.
 
In addition, an international conference was organised on the day of SID in cooperation with the Estonian Union for Child Welfare, Telia Estonia and the Association of Estonian Informatic Teachers. Titled "A better internet starts with you", the conference focused on online communication culture. During the conference a discussion panel took place where, among the various speakers, Estonian SIC Youth Panel representatives also participated. The main target groups of the conference were school and kindergarten teachers, youth workers and other specialists working with young people, but also representatives of public and governmental authorities.
 
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2018 - A better internet starts with you - received lots of attention from media channels and the public. For example, the radio channel Kuku Radio initiated a public phone-in discussion giving people the opportunity to express their views about the quality of online communication culture.
 
See the Estonian Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.
 
Find out more about the work of the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.

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