For teachers

Tools for schools

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.

Otava's study module

Empathy Stars study module provides assignments and work for up to 20 hours. 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!

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MINECRAFT challenge

Use Minecraft Education Edition to build an Empathy world with your students and accept the challenge! 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!

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MIGHTIFIER

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.

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TEACHER SURVEY

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.

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DIGISEIKKAILU

As an interactive educational path, digital adventure takes pupils on a trip where they learn about empathy online, as part of the Empathy Package!

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SOME POST

What to post on social media? Fill in the cartoon speech bubbles!

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GROUP CHAT

What to write in a group chat? Fill in the cartoon speech bubbles!

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CONSOLATION

How to console a friend? Fill in the cartoon speech bubbles!

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FINNISH EMPATHY REPORT

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

FINNISH EMPATHY STUDY

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

34% 17%

34% 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 the teachers had detected online bullying, while 19% of the parents did not know whether their child had been subjected to online bullying

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

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

37% 60%

37% of all teachers and 60% of primary school teachers had detected online bullying against their pupils

42%

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