Suurimjulgus

The greatest courage

is to fight against cyberbullying

Cyberbullying occurs every day for tens of thousands Estonian students. Bullying affects us all – students, teachers and also parents.

Children helpline phone number 116111

What is cyberbullying

Source: EU Kids Online 2020: Survey results from 19 countries
https://www.eukidsonline.ch/files/Eu-kids-online-2020-international-report.pdf

But from what moment do disagreements turn into bullying?

Disagreements, arguments and occasional conflicts are natural parts of interpersonal relationships.
Bullying is malevolent, repetitive in its nature and often includes unequal positions of power (e.g. a group bullies one person). Cyberbullying is characterized by the use of different smart devices or communication environments for the purpose of bullying.
  • Multiple sending of threatening and mean letters, messages, notes etc.
  • Agreed and deliberate action by several bullies/threateners
  • Charming someone’s personal information, pictures or videos from others and distributing them online against their will
  • Creating a fake account with derogatory, incorrect, often obscene information or hacking into a victims account
  • Creating an online environment (such as a social media page) or materials used on the Internet to laugh at, make fun of, humiliate, or incite hatred
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if it’s just a joke or someone is trying to hurt you – especially online, where you can’t see emotions. If you feel that a joke hurt you and others won’t stop making the joke after you’ve asked to stop it, you may deal with cyberbullying.

Students

What to do if I’m being bullied?

  • Talk about your problems with a trusted person (such as your parents, sister or brother, friend, or a class teacher). Don't be left alone with this – there are many people in your life who care about you and really want to help.

  • Record as much evidence as possible from comments, messages, posts, and more. Even if the bully deletes them, you have evidence. Include dates.

  • If necessary, contact an online environment administrator who will help you remove material distributed in the environment or block the bullies.

What to do if you notice bullying?

  • Don't spread the spite. This will help increase the bully’s audience. This protects both the victim and you, as your footprint on the Internet becomes also negative for life by spreading bullying content.

  • Dare to say it if you see that something is wrong. If you see behavior on the Internet that can hurt someone, tell them outright that it’s not OK. Ask to remove the inappropriate content. Your first step is followed by others who will support the victim.

  • Don’t be a bystander, because that’s how you approve of the bullies’ actions. Offer your help. Tell them you’re there for them and you want to help. Supporting the victim often means much more to the them than you can imagine.

  • Record the situation, take a screenshot, store the evidence, report the cyberbullying to the page where it took place, so that the hurtful content is removed as soon as possible and the bully’s behavior is stopped.

  • Encourage the victim to talk or talk to a trusted adult about the situation yourself, or contact Child Helpline or a web constable.

Parents

Bullying is a tough subject when the victim is your child or their friend but also when your child is the bully.

Cyberbullying is the newest form of bullying, as the Internet and smart devices have made bullying easier. It is often also more anonymous in nature, as direct physical contact is no longer a prerequisite for bullying. If a child is bullied at school, there is a high probability that the bullying has spread to the cyber world as well.
How to prevent problems?What to do if my child is being bullied?What to do if my child is the bully?

Useful apps

numro

Numro

Numro application helps parents restrict the use of a child’s smart device and make time spent on a smart device educational.

Read more from Numro app website.

Download the app from here

Telia SAFE

You will be able to determine what kind of apps your children can use and how much time they spend online. Stay informed of the location of your or your child’s smartphone.

Read more and join the service on the Telia SAFE website..

Teachers

School bullying is aggressive, repetitive behavior in the course of which the same student is repeatedly hurt, either physically or emotionally, i.e. by ignoring or being excluded.

About a quarter of school students experience bullying during the school year on average. Bullying affects the whole class – even bystanders, who are not directly involved in bullying, experience emotional stress as well.
  • School bullying is malevolent, repetitive in its nature and often includes unequal positions of power (e.g. a group bullies one person). Cyberbullying is a form of school bullying which is characterized by the use of different smart devices or communication environments for the purpose of bullying.

  • In terms of learning experience, this may mean that a minority in the classroom influences the majority’s learning experience. Sometimes it’s related to the fact that the bullying continues during the classes (e.g. through the distribution of letters or what is happening in smart devices); but sometimes with mere emotional stress that distracts thoughts. Harmful learning environment can affect classroom learning outcomes.

  • Due to technological developments and their availability, some part of bullying has moved to the Internet. Cyberbullying may not be visible to everyone (e.g. it is limited to a certain group in a certain cyberspace that cannot be accessed by outsiders) and it may be difficult for teachers to intervene directly. However, it is possible to deal with both bullying and cyberbullying on a class basis.

  • Awareness of children and young people about Internet communication and ways to communicate safely with the world via the Internet can also be raised in the context of Internet safety lessons or events e.g. class teacher lessons, computer training, social studies, etc.). The main message is that online communication is no different than direct communication – you also have to consider your peers on the Internet, communicate with them politely and think about the possible consequences.

More information and materials suitable for the teacher can be found here.

Materials and information

  • Ask for advice or report a child in need on the Child Helpline 116111. The phone offers initial emotional counseling and the information received is passed on to child support specialists.

  • Send an e-mail to info@lasteabi.ee or start a conversation with a child care professional right here on the website in the chat window.
  • On the website www.targaltinternetis.ee you will find good recommendations and study materials to increase internet security.
  • In more complex cases, you can consult a web constable.
  • Check out the science and evidence-based anti-bullying program for KiVa schools at www.kiusamisvaba.ee.
  • Also check out the Estonian Union for Child Welfare program at www.kiusamisestvabaks.ee.
  • Tips and experience stories from the youth information portal Teeviit
  • UN children organization UNICEF anti-cyberbullying page
  • Telia Company’s activities to protect children’s rights and safety: Children Online

Useful apps

spoofy

Spoofy

Fun game from the internet!

Spoofy teaches children about online dangers, how to behave online and other topics related to smart devices. Engaging, educational and free!

Learn more.

Telia SAFE

Lets the parent determine what kind of apps children can use and how much time they spend online.

Read more and join the service on the Telia SAFE website.

numro

Numro

Numro application helps parents restrict the use of a child’s smart device and make time spent on a smart device educational.

Read more from Numro app website and download the app from here.

telia safe

Clanbeat

Education is changing

ClanBeat will help in developing positive habits that allow your students to become self-directed learners who can also support their own well-being.

Learn more.

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Where can I get help?

The most important step in dealing with bullying is not to be left alone with your worries.

If you have any questions or concerns about bullying, or you are not even sure if it is bullying, always ask for advice. Human relationships are complicated and there are no stupid questions.
Ask for help