What to post on social media? Fill in the cartoon speech bubbles!
We have collected tools and information in the Empathy Package for the support and development of empathic skills among schoolchildren and school communities. The site includes interactive material for teaching empathy, emotional intelligence and digital skills.
Empathy Stars study module, aimed at primary schools, provides assignments and work for up to 20 hours. There you can also find the Class Bot. You can set individual assignments in class or practice empathy skills in the long term throughout the school year. Let’s make your class into an Empathy star class!
Use Minecraft Education Edition to build an Empathy world with your students! Such a world may be a game or information package on how to behave online while taking others into account. Your imagination is the only limit!
The Mightifier digital tool will help you to learn social skills and build a safe learning environment. It has been developed together with Finnish teachers and pupils, and is available for free as part of the Empathy Package! Mightifier was built by a multidisciplinary team of class teachers, psychologists and positive pedagogy experts.
We asked more than 400 teachers about their views on online bullying directed at children and youngsters. We wanted to find out how teachers try to tackle online bullying. Teachers wanted more information and tools to prevent online bullying. Recognizing harassment and bullying and reacting to them in the proper way are critical to the wellbeing of schools, pupils and staff alike. If you come across harassment on the social media, contact your immediate superior without delay. Remember to save the incident with a screenshot, for example. If anyone’s health or life is threatened, you must report this to the police.
As an interactive educational path, digital adventure takes pupils on a trip where they learn about empathy online, as part of the Empathy Package!
Most children get their first mobile phone during the first years of primary school. They have a lot of possibilities and skills to use smart devices and the internet, but are they able to use them safely and responsibly? As a solution, we have created a free mobile game in Finnish and Swedish that introduces children to the vocabulary and phenomena related to digital literacy and e-safety. The game can be downloaded onto the school’s shared devices and played with children as part of learning digital literacy and e-safety skills.
Download a free teacher’s guide and class materials here.
Stop, Slow & Go – #OnlineRoadSafety
The same way we teach children about traffic rules and road safety, it is also important to teach them how to navigate the digital traffic safely and with consideration of others. The #OnlineRoadSafety traffic light model helps children to learn what is permitted, what is forbidden, and which situations require you to slow down when using digital medias.
Stop, Slow & Go is a digital safety material package, produced by Protect Children, aimed at 5–6 and 7–9-year-olds. You can use the materials to go over digital safety themes with your class in a fun and easy way. The material package includes e.g. a general guide for teachers, digital safety skills materials for different ages, a traffic light poster and instructions for a music lesson.
Read more about how Protect Children can help you navigate safely in digital traffic here.
Download the Stop, Slow & Go teacher’s guide from the link below the videos.
#OnlineRoadSafety: Tell someone!
#OnlineRoadSafety: Think before you share!
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."
"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."
"Online bullying or hate speech have not been caused directly by the Internet or technology, a much larger phenomenon is in question."
We studied how to help Finns prevent online bullying. We did a survey with more than 1,000 parents and 400 teachers.
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% 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% 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.