EU Kids Online survey for Safer Internet Day 2019 in Estonia

  • Awareness
  • 14/03/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

We consume online services more and more, and the skills to consume and shape these services knowledgeably are becoming more and more important. Children learn to use new technologies faster than adults as they are born into a world where the internet and smart devices are a natural part of life. Supporting the development of media and digital competences enables children and youngsters to participate in the digital society positively and respectfully. 

In Estonia, Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 was celebrated during the first two weeks of February to promote respectful online communication and participation. The Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) coordinated SID actions across the country with various awareness raising events and by publishing thematic awareness raising materials.

As usual, the Estonian SIC invited all the schools, kindergartens and youth centres in Estonia to celebrate SID by organising awareness raising events for children and young people. For inspiration, the organisation compiled an online set of new awareness raising materials to encourage the organisation of awareness raising events.

Additionally, the Estonian SIC created four online quizzes in Kahoot about online safety issues for different age groups. Schools were invited to use them in order to test children's knowledge and raise awareness about online safety issues. More than 1,100 Kahoot competitions were organised in schools all over Estonia.

Between Friday, 1 February and Thursday, 14 February 2019, the Estonian SIC invited students to create memes about what makes them happy or worried in the digital world. The memes can be found online.

Everyone who informed the Estonian SIC about their awareness raising event were placed on a map, which is available on the website of the organisation. Altogether, 124 events were organised and 16,650 children and young people participated in them. Information about different events was also disseminated via regional news portals and on social media.

Map of events for Safer Internet Day 2019 across Estonia

SID 2019 awareness raising events in schools, kindergartens and youth centres

On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Estonian SIC and the University of Tartu organised a conference at the Nordic Hotel Forum in Tallinn, called "Where are you going, digital child? EU Kids Online 2018 results in Estonia" ("Digilaps, kus tõttad sa? EU Kids Online Eesti 2018. aasta uuringu esialgsed tulemused"). The event attracted 200 participants, mainly specialists working with children.

A special edition of the web magazine Märka Last (Notice a Child) of the Estonian Union for Child Welfare, dedicated to SID, was issued on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. The articles related to, among other themes, latest research (such as the EU Kids Online 2018 results in Estonia), smarter and safer use of digital devices, Safer Internet Day, children experiences and thoughts about online communication, hotline and helpline activities and statistics, and so on. This special edition was written by the Estonian SIC team, but also by authors from the University of Tartu, the University of Tallinn, the Tallinn University of Technology, Telia Eesti AS, and so on. It received a lot of attention; for example, it reached over 4,000 people on Facebook. The online magazine can be found at  https://issuu.com/ajakirjad/docs/02_2019_markalast/4.

Picture of Estonian online magazine's special edition for SID

Cover page of the SID special edition of online magazine Märka Last (Notice a Child)

Cooperating with different stakeholders and target groups is a key component for making the internet a better place for everyone. Together for a better internet!

Check the Estonian Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.

Find out more about the work of the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.


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