Lessons Learned from the Safer Internet Program in Estonia
Estonian children are a demographic that appear in the Top 5, in the EU, as Internet users who both take advantage of new ICT solutions as well as become susceptible to their downsides (various online threats). In this country, coordinated efforts in raising e-safety awareness are relatively recent. Earlier activities were poorly coordinated, lacked continuity and relied mostly on volunteers. During the last few years, the Safer Internet Program in Estonia has added a much-needed coordinating approach.
Our goal is to define the topics that have and have not been covered by the program, identify the program's weaknesses and strengths, analyse its effect, and recommend focuses for future stages. We have analysed the content (study materials and an e-course) created by the project, the experiences of the trainers, and course feedback. Based on these data we have formulated recommendations (from the viewpoints of the project, school management, parents and government) for the next stage of the initiative.