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.ee supports the Cyber Spike competition and the EU Kids Online survey

The Estonian Internet Foundation contributes to raising cyber security awareness by supporting the Cyber Spike competition of young cyber talents, organised by Tallinn University of Technology, and the EU Kids Online survey, to be carried out by the University of Tartu, which will provide information on Estonian children's online activities.

The CyberOlympics project, which is being implemented by Tallinn University of Technology, includes two initiatives: a competition of young cyber talents, called Cyber Spike, and a cyber exercise for children, called Cyber Nut. The Estonian Internet Foundation supports, among other things, the first prize of the Cyber Spike competition – sending a team of Estonia’s best cyber talents to the European Cyber Security Challenge 2018 international competition in London in October of this year.

The preliminary online round of the competition will be held from 6 to 8 March with 170 participants. Each contestant will solve 4 problems. The competition is being carried out by the Cyber Range of the Defence Forces of Estonia. The creator, founder and major sponsor of the CyberOlympics is the Estonian Ministry of Defence. The aim of the project is to promote cyber security education and career opportunities, to find young cyber professionals and to provide young people with an opportunity to develop their cyber security skills.

The University of Tartu will carry out a repeat EU Kids Online international survey in 2018, which is aimed at studying Estonian children's use of the internet. The survey covers one thousand children aged between 9 and 17 years and their parents. The main objective of the survey is to compare children’s and young people’s online activities over time in order to identify any changes; to compare the data with other European countries; to study important social changes and developments related to online communication; and to study the changes in the media environment. A report in Estonia will be prepared based on the survey results. The report will serve as a basis for policy recommendations to develop digital competences and awareness among Estonian children, their parents and teachers; to improve children’s online activities and to increase web security; to evaluate the effectiveness of the policies that have been pursued up to that point and to plan new efficient knowledge-based measures.

The projects approved by the Board had to meet certain criteria, such as relevance to the objectives of the Foundation as an organisation, relevance to the cyber space and the widest possible impact.

Further information on Cyber Spike: Birgy Lorenz,,

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