Safe Internet League to introduce online safety classes in Russian schools


A course in online literacy, ready to be introduced into the curriculum throughout the Russian school system, has been developed by the Safe Internet League. ‘We are going to ask the Education Ministry to include our course into the prescribed elementary, junior and senior high school curriculum, providing a more systematic and effective instruction in cybersecurity,’ says Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov.

The teaching aid materials were to developed by the League’s online safety experts with the help of acting education professionals. The materials include resource and teaching aid books Russian teachers can use to communicate to their pupils the rules of safe online behaviour in a proper and accessible way. Elementary and junior high school classes are play-based, while senior high school classes involve more extensive and in-depth studying, followed by tests.

The Odintsovo district of the Moscow region will be the first area to officially introduce the League’s courses, so far as a trial run. ‘Odintsovo is the district closest to Moscow itself, and one of the largest ones. We are going to introduce our classes in all Odintsovo schools,’ says Mr Davydov. ‘The local authorities have a personal interest in the project. We have the support of the district Office of the Public Prosecutor, and the Public Prosecutor Oleg Radchenko himself, who is anxious to protect the children from illegal online content.’ The district will also have its own local branch of Cyberguard, the League’s volunteer force dedicated to keeping the children safe online.

‘Or course, modern schoolchildren are accomplished Internet users who are spending a lot of time on the Internet, playing complex online games there. But they have no idea how to protect themselves from online threats, from illegal materials that could harm them. Their parents are often too busy to teach then online literacy. That is why we think schools should take it upon themselves. With the help from the Safe Internet League,’ pointed out Mr Davydov.