Russia approves underage information safety blueprint


Underage information safety policy blueprint has been signed into law by the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev. The document is now available at the Russian government’s official website.

The policy blueprint defines basic principles of ensuring information safety for children, top priorities and mechanisms for policy implementation in the sphere, as well as the expected results of implementing it.

‘The top priorities for state’s underage information safety policy include, among other things, raising media literacy in children and adolescents, helping them develop a sense of responsibility for their online actions, satisfying their cognitive needs and interests, minimizing the risk of them becoming desocialized, developing and persisting in deviant and illegal behaviours’ specifies the briefing statement.

The end result of implementing the policy blueprint would be having by 2020 a generation of young adults able to freely and independently navigate the modern information space.

The document envisages creating a media environment characterized by freedom of access by children to historical and cultural legacy, the growth in the number of children and adolescents sharing the patriotic values, a wider appeal of a healthy lifestyle, a sense of respect for intellectual property and copyright.

Regional administrations of Russia are advised to take the document into account when formulating and implementing local programmes in the sphere of information safety of children.