October 27-30 is nation-wide Online Safety Class days in Russian schools


A nation-wide Online Safety Class, aimed at promoting digital literacy among Russian schoolchildren, is to take place from 27th to 30th of October this year. Participating in the event will be 90% of Russian schools and over 11 million elementary, middle, and high school pupils. Children will learn the main types of online threats, ways to tackle them, as well as basic rules of personal data safety. This year the event’s organisers will push for the greatest possible degree of participation from not only schoolchildren themselves, but also their parents.

As a reminder, the idea of a nation-wide online safety class was put forward in 2014 by Head of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko. The initiative was incorporated into the National Agenda for Action on Children for 2012-2017. Supported by the Education and Science Ministry, the Communications Ministry, the regional authorities, and the civil organisations, including the Safe Internet League, this will be the 3rd annual class of its kind. A set of guidelines, approved and recommended by the Education and Science Ministry of the Russian Federation, has been developed to help teachers organise these Internet literacy classes. The materials are published on a dedicated web portal which also contains other lessons developed by Safe Internet League specialists. ‘Our classes were designed to be usable at any level of professional training. They come with detailed instructions, scripted lessons, ready-made presentation slides you can demonstrate in the classroom, and recommendations on what to tell the children and how better to do so. The lessons are developed so as to fit the age, level of experience, and psychology of schoolchildren. Elementary-level classes are easier and more accessible, with colourful textbooks and an emphasis on learning though play. High school students will hear more about online threats, the way they affect user psyche, etc. There are tests to check if they understood the material’ explained Safe Internet League Director Denis Davydov.