Safely on the web

13. June 2016


About the project

The project’s mission is a smarter Internet use by children and their parents and the prevention of the online distribution of child sexual abuse material. The first stage of the project ended in late May 2012. The follow-up project was carried out during the period of June 2012 -September 2014. 75% of the project was co-financed by the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme. A summary of the activities carried out in the first stages of the project can be viewed here. Since January 2015 the project is financed 50% by the the European Commission Connecting European Facility Programme.

The project includes:

  • training sessions and seminars for children, parents, teachers and social workers, and awareness-raising events for the general public;
  • the drafting of training and awareness-raising materials for children, teachers and parents;
  • creative competitions for students;
  • assistance and counselling from the Children’s Helpline 116111 ( children and parents on safe Internet and digital mobile devices use  by telephone, MSN (user and other IM solutions;
  • the web-based hotline, which allows Internet users to provide information about web environments which contain material that violates children’s right to sexual self-determination;  notices about other materials that are inappropriate for children may also be sent to Vihjeliin;
  • cooperation among different stakeholders in Estonia and Europe and participation in the INHOPE and INSAFE cooperation networks.

The activities of the follow-up project are being implemented by three organisations:

  • the Estonian Union for Child Welfare is managing awareness raising activities, coordinating youth participation and operating Estonian Hotline;
  • the Estonian Advice Centre (which manages the Children’s Helpline 116111) is providing help and counselling for children and parents if problems emerge in the use of the Internet and digital media  devices, and participates in awareness raising activities;
  • the Police and Border Guard Board is contributing its competence to all activities;
  • the overall coordinator of the project is the NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare.

Furthermore, the project has a youth panel and advisory body, through which representatives of stakeholders are using their knowledge and experience to support its implementation.

More information:

Malle Hallimäe, Project Coordinator and Hotline manager, NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare:
Kerli Valner, Awareness-raising coordinator, NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare (parential leave)
Barbara Haage, Project Manager (helpline), NPO Eesti Abikeskused (Estonian Advice Centre):
Anu Baum, Project Manager on behalf of Estonian Police and Border Guard Board: