Emmi Piipponen, 16, from Tuusula, is a young person who wants to share safe, entertaining and identifying content on social media.
The message has been successful, as Piipponen's TikTok account, which bears his own name, has more than 14,000 followers.
The most popular of the videos deal with Piipponen's exact observations of primary school.
Today, Piipponen, who is completing his second year of high school, still remembers, even after years, what statements were made in primary school until he got bored.
We asked Piipponen what was particularly memorable about primary school.
1. Authenticity inspectors
Those who went to primary school in the 1990s remember what kind of negative attention was gained if they happened to get caught holding only second-grade Levis.
It was supposed to be the most expensive, even though the payer was by no means the schoolboy himself, but his parents.
Time has not changed for any reason when you listen to Piipponen's account of the "authenticity checkers".
It is thus a type of person found in a primary school who checks the authenticity of a particular brand by various measures.
- In general, caps were subject to particularly close scrutiny.
The authenticity inspectors checked the authenticity of the cap from the stripes, which I had to remember to be seven pieces.
This way the cap was a genuine NY cap.
In elementary school times, the clothes of Adidas and Nike in particular were under close scrutiny.
Classmates speculated if another peer really had the money to buy expensive designer clothes.
Designer clothes can be a topic of bullying at school, used them or not. Photo: Ville-Veikko Kaakinen
Signs could thus cause envy, but on the other hand, someone who was not wearing branded clothing could also be bullied.
Thus, in order to secure their place in the group, the primary school children in no way inadvertently cut off the tags of their designer clothes.
Namely, they had real symbolic value.
Piipponen recalls that he himself was bullied in primary school because of clothes.
- You could be jealous of genuine sneakers, and the shoes were barked fake.
This offended me because I wanted so badly to prove to others that I have genuine shoes.
Today, it feels weird that I was so afraid of the opinions of others.
According to Piipponen's experiences, high school students do not seem to have the same passion for designer clothes.
- Of course, even today some people invest in expensive shoes, such as Nike Air Jordan, but it is only a fraction of young people.
Signs of interest to young people come and go.
They are hard to keep on carts.
2. Electronics boasters
Where clothes have spread across the school corridors for all ages, nowadays schools also compare electronics.
It may also be enough to have a front camera on your mobile phone.
Piipponen recalls that there was competition in primary school especially for who has the most expensive phone.
- There were only a few iPhones, and those who had one belonged to the elite of the class.
During the breaks, the cameras were then compared and played on other people's phones, Piipponen says.
Money also mattered when students played popular games like the Climb car game.
- In the game, you drive a car along a bumpy road.
Everyone saved money to buy the best car for the game, says Piipponen.
3. Outdoors are fleeing
This, too, has not changed to anything over the years.
Especially in the winter frost break, diving outdoors didn’t attract everyone.
Fortunately, escapes were found in the corridors of the large school, where one could escape the gaze of the watchmaker.
Sometimes students hastily come up with play clubs or other hobbies so they just didn’t have to go out.
Emmi Piipponen says that in her youth, too, she knew what was used as an excuse.
- I remember telling the teacher myself that my mittens were wet and the spare gloves had to be picked up from the other side of the school in a backpack.
4. Why do girls ALWAYS get to go first?
"At Tiktok, I want to produce content that is safe, entertaining and identifiable for everyone," says Emmi Piipponen. Photo: Emmi Piipponen's home album
In elementary school, we went to the canteen in a neat queue.
If the order happened to be such that the girls got to the washbasins before the boys, the boys had a hard question: “Why do girls ALWAYS go first?”
Boys' equality awareness was already in its model at primary school age.
- I remember these questions thinking about me too.
The girls were allowed to go first because that was the way it was.
The boys could slander this situation, Piipponen recalls.
The Urban Handbook advises the ignorant.
Originally, serve meant the victory of rap battle, but in the school world, serving means the winner of a debate or, in practice, the one who makes another silent.
According to Emmi Piipponen, serving was used in primary school in the strangest possible context.
- For example, the second sentence might be answered by saying “mutsis was”.
If the other fell silent, “serving” was shouted after.
That's how the servant got a good laugh.
In practice, therefore, the edging could be used at the end of any sentence if it was able to silence the other with some mischievous bullying.