Questions and answers

How to behave online?

You do not have to respond to unpleasant or indecent comments. When chatting with your friends act with caution. Be aware that anyone can read your conversation.

Stand up for yourself!

If you see or hear on the Internet anything that bothers you, do not keep quiet – speak with someone whom you trust and, if necessary, ask for help – Child Helpline Service 116 111.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is one of the forms of bullying, which takes place through various electronic means of communication – smart connected devices, social websites, web cameras, etc. Cyberbullying can take many different forms:  sending threatening, malicious e-mails and text messages, messages; elicitation of personal information and spreading this information against the person’s wishes; mock accounts opened in other persons’ names, uploading and distorting photos of other persons.

What should I do in case of cyberbullying?

To prevent cyberbullying block the sender of such messages. Copy the messages or other material with malicious content so that you could use them as evidence, if necessary. Always speak about bullying with a person you trust. If you need help, please call the Child Helpline Service 116 111, contact the webmaster of the site or the web-constable.

Can I post everything online?

Before you post any photos or information about yourself, please think whether the things you intend to post could damage yourself or others in any way. If you wish to add a photo to your portal profile, think about what would be an appropriate photo. Do not upload a photo that could make you feel uncomfortable, for instance if your parents see it. Be aware that all photos can be copied an you have no way of knowing where your photos could end up. Always remember that the Internet is a public forum and all your posts are accessible! Also, it is not good manners to upload photos of your friend without asking them first. More information is available at www.targaltinternetis.ee  

Can I share my personal data with my online friends?

It is not advisable to disclose your personal information online: it can be misused to harm you. It is hardly likely that you would tell a stranger on the street your full name, age, home address or telephone number; you should apply the same caution to strangers online. You do not have to respond to unpleasant or indecent comments. When chatting with your friends act with caution. Be aware that anyone can read your conversation.

What should I do in case I have problems in the virtual world?

Any problem should be discussed as soon as it appears – be it with your father, mother, an older sibling, a teacher, a youth worker, the web-constable or a counsellor answering the Child Helpline Service 116 111.

The simple rule is to block such person and ignore their attempts to contact you again, and certainly discuss the situation with someone! Problems must be addressed at once, when they emerge, do not let net communication pile up.