Estonia joined the Call for an internet Code of Good Practice to Combat Cyberbullying which calls for an ethical Internet that is more mindful of its responsibilities towards children and young people.
Mailis Reps, the Minister of Education and Research, noted that bullying doesn’t stop when one leaves school building, but instead, it continues to haunt young people at home and at rest in the Internet-era. „Students use more and more digital devices for studying, learning and entertainment, but alongside its benefits, we must pay attention also to its negative sides, such as cyberbullying,“ said Reps. „This call is a crucial step for the International community that allows to tackle this challenge together.“
The call noted that even if the countries already have taken steps to fight against bullying, much more can be done and a common practice is needed: defining legally binding and usable definition for cyberbullyng, use of personal data, key ethical standards and building a tolerant, respectful societies. But also developing students’ media literacy, digital competences and skills. The call is a follow up of the 2019 G7 Education Ministers’ declaration.
The joint call was made yesterday on the occasion of the International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including cyberbullying during the International Conference on School Bullying. The signatory parties are Argentina, Costa Rica, Spain, Croatia, India, Canada, Greece, Luxembourg, South-African Republic, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, France, Germany, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. Conference was organized by the UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of France.