Mannerheim League for Child Welfare

MLL’s free and anonymous phone, chat and online services are available to you every day of the year. We offer support, tips and lend an ear to children, youngsters and adults. MLL Vanhempainnetti offers information and support for adults. You can chat or talk on the phone confidentially and anonymously on any parenting issue, whenever you wish. Phone calls will not be recorded and your identity cannot be revealed.

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Social media test

Many children get their first cell phone when they start school. This opens up an entirely new online world to them. Take the Keltanokka somessa (Online novice) test together with your child, going through various situations that your child may encounter on the social media. Together, test whether you are novices and learn what you could do differently!

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Finland is continuously becoming more digital, making our daily work and leisure activities more fluent. But if you do not have access to a device or do not know how to use one, you can easily become a digital dropout. Among other things, Gigantti’s technology survey shows that as technology races ahead, every third Finn is worried about whether they can keep up.

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Improve Internet security with various digital tools. You can change the setting of a device or game, or install various mobile device or computer applications.

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Telia and Save the Children have written a quick guide for parents on their children’s use of the Internet.

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Telia and Save the Children have written a guide for parents on their children’s Internet gaming.

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Hate speech

Hate speech causes inequality and insecurity. See what pediatric psychiatrist and medical expert Raisa Cacciatore says about the impact of parents’ hate speech on a young person.

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Steps of aggression

Aggression is part of a young person’s emotional development; it is necessary. Aggression may present itself as revolt, negative pack behaviour or in a desire to be a star. The steps of aggression introduce 18 different stages and provide support for dealing with aggression at home.

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Family issues chat

Do you have questions about everyday parenting? In the Family issues chat, a Väestöliitto expert helps with a low threshold, confidentially and free of charge on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Spoofy is an entertaining learning game that introduces children to cyber security and its phenomena. The game teaches children how to recognise and avoid dangers online, for example. The player is an everyday cyber hero, who goes around helping their friends with their cybersecurity problems.

Download a free guide for parents here.

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What do empathy and emotional intelligence mean in modern society? We asked 12 Finnish opinion leaders to share their ideas about empathy in the digital age.

"Empathy seems a bit scarce on the Internet at times. One reason is that interaction online is often text-based, which means that we often have very little information about other people's feelings."

Katri Saarikivi Neuroscientist

"By combining the technical properties of artificial intelligence and people's empathic abilities, we can also make the leap to a new level in social skills and learning."

Jussi Tolvanen CEO, Microsoft Finland

"Online bullying or hate speech have not been caused directly by the Internet or technology, a much larger phenomenon is in question."

Camilla Tuominen Emotional intelligence educator and speaker


We studied how to help Finns prevent online bullying. We did a survey with more than 1,000 parents and 400 teachers.

37% 17%

37% of the teachers had detected online bullying of their pupils during the past year, but only 17% of the parents were aware that their child had been bullied online.

61% 19%

61% of primary school teachers had detected online bullying, while 19% of the parents did not know whether their child had been subjected to online bullying.


Every fifth Finnish parent feels that technology companies are primarily responsible for preventing online bullying.


43% of Finnish parents instruct their children regularly on how to behave on the social media and Internet.

37% 61%

37% of all teachers and 61% of primary school teachers had detected online bullying against their pupils.


42% of teachers believe that new technologies could help prevent online bullying.