How to Make a Child Stay Safe on the Web?

Primary school students of one of Moscow schools were asked: “What do you prefer when more free time?” 70% said they will spend it on the Internet

Do you know the threats faced by your child, traveling on the World Wide Web, and how to protect yourself? On the eve of International Children’s Day held at the Revoseek office on “Internet security”. It was attended by experts in the field of high technology, school teachers and parents.

Interneshka and Mityasik

The occasion was the completion of the V International children’s art contest online, “Interneshka”, which is organized by the League of secure Internet and the company “MTS.” The site of the competition in the form of a game providing tips on how to use the net: a fun-round man teaches dog Interneshka Mityasika safety rules. In addition to viewing interesting video lessons every young visitor to the portal could send a picture, banner, invented the story or the real story about how you can safely and usefully to surf the web.

“Experience has shown – through such competitions, teaching lessons, thematic exhibitions that we organize in libraries and museums, children learn better safety measures for operation and communication on the Internet – says Elena Seregin, Head of Department for Relations with professional communities of MTS. - I believe that companies providing Internet services, should pay more attention to user education, provide the necessary knowledge on how to avoid risks. This should be of interest to everyone: business, government, school and parents.The first but important steps to create a safer Internet, we are already doing. “

What risks is the World Wide Web?And what children themselves think about network threats?

Galina Soldatov director of Internet development, has resulted in the results of years of research: survey of pupils and parents. Now identifies five categories of risk.

In the first communication – they are related to communication on the Internet. Many children complain of aggression towards themselves, insult other users harassment.

In second place electronic risks (computer viruses). The third – content (pornography, drug trafficking, promote hatred, violence and extremism). Next come the consumer risks under various pretexts, when children are forced to connect to the paid services. Fifth – Internet addiction.

“To protect children from this by inhibiting go to the Web, it is unrealistic – the expert believes. - Internet firmly entrenched in our lives, and now they are all young and old. Since we can not deny, we must learn to use wisely. This helps the phone line to support “Kids Online”, which will learn more and more guys. If we had half of the calls came from Moscow and Moscow region, now the majority – of the regions. “

How do you teach?

“We have to admit that ideally pure Internet, devoid of risk is impossible, – says Denis Davidov, executive director of the League of secure Internet. - But we can minimize them. This requires a set of measures: the creation of filters in the search engines, what should take care of their owners; possible negative filters Internet content at the state level, we need to develop anti-virus technologies, active use of parental control and, of course, education. We must teach children how to handle the Internet. “

How to teach a seemingly basic things today are not aware of all the school teachers of computer science. What they confessed to the “round table”. The problem, according to teachers, in the absence of an educational program on Internet technology at the state level. Each teacher leaves on their own knowledge and views on the World Wide Web. But business representatives, who came to the meeting, expressed their willingness to help schools develop curriculum together and communicate their ideas to the officials of the education.


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