Some 1000 families in Kostroma sign up for Safe Internet League’s Web Filter


Just over a month has passed since the Safe Internet League begun rolling out its Clean Internet programme in the Kostroma region. In that space of time almost a thousand families fr om the region’s capital, Kostroma, have volunteered to try out the League’s free web filters capable of getting the Internet rid of dangerous content, including pornography, promotion of illegal drugs and suicide, gambling, and depictions of violence and cruelty. These are the figures quoted by Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov at the recent ‘Monitoring the Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development legislation’ panel discussion that took place in Kostroma.

Clean Internet is the name of the Safe Internet League’s project to provide families throughout the regions of Russia with ISP-level parental control solutions. One of the regions is the Kostroma region, wh ere the project has been up and running since 1 October 2013, with the Kostroma city phone network, commanding a 70% (50 000 clients) share of the local market, as the partner provider. From then on, families accessing the Internet via the Kostroma city phone network can opt-in to use the free Internet filtering option by simply ticking off the relevant box in their personal account interface.

‘We hope that the number of responsible parents opting in to use our Internet filters would continue to grow, and not only in Kostroma,’ noted Mr Davydov. ‘For Russia, which has one of the largest Internet user base in the world, this is a matter of special importance.’ Incidentally, an opinion poll conducted in October 2013 has shown that while 90% of parents are sure there are Web sites dangerous for children out there, only 14% are trying to protect their children online by one way or another, including using Internet filtering solutions.

‘We would also like to help people find other uses for the Internet, too. At the moment most Internet users access the Web merely for entertainment, pointless chatter on social networks, sharing pictures, photos, and so on. This pattern of use is, obviously, fertile ground for spreading dangerous materials. We need to refocus Russian Internet users toward a more intellectual, perhaps, educational use of the Web and its facilities,’ added Mr Davydov.