MegaFon, together with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian society “Knowledge”, will launch a pilot project to protect children and adolescents from threats in the digital environment in Russian schools. This is provided for by the cooperation agreement signed today, June 16, 2022, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
MegaFon developed the Digital Trust training platform at the end of 2021. The goal of the project is to prepare children and teenagers for possible online threats and provide tools to respond to them, and help parents and teachers to recognize the problem in time and properly build communication with the child in a difficult situations.
MegaFon, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation and the Russian society Znanie have agreed to jointly test the platform. The Russian society Znanie also developed recommendations for the formation of platform content and attracted its experts to disclose the topic of cyberbullying on its resources. In the future, Znanie will post platform materials on its online platforms and continue to involve lecturers in the work in the field of digital security for children and adolescents.
“Today, the digital environment has become an integral part of life, and children navigate the online space sometimes even better than adults. But our common task remains to ensure the safety of the child, protection from negative and dangerous content, as well as help in finding really interesting, informative information on the web, the study of which would contribute to his development as an individual and a citizen. The cooperation agreement that we are signing today will be the first serious step in this direction. We are very pleased with such cooperation with colleagues,” said the Minister of Education of Russia Sergey Kravtsov.
As part of the pilot project, educational lectures will be held during the summer holidays at the Sirius Educational Center. From September, a course on digital security using the MegaFon platform will be piloted in secondary schools as part of the “World around” lessons for students in grades 1-4 and a class hour for senior grades.
MegaFon is one of the leaders in the digital services market. By developing various services for subscribers, we see our task in making the digital space safe for users, especially children and teenagers. Last year, we joined the Digital Child Protection Alliance, and I am glad that, together with partners, we quickly moved on to real steps and projects. Testing our platform in schools will make it possible to convey important information to the maximum number of children and give parents and teachers a useful tool for interacting with the younger generation,” said the CEO of MegaFon. Khachatur Pombukhchan.
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The Digital Trust platform contains educational materials for different audiences. Information is conveyed to children in a game format, the interactive module is devoted to the basics of communication on the Internet, the protection of personal data. Communication with teenagers is conducted by a mentor explaining how to recognize and fight cyberbullying, avoid becoming a victim of hackers, how to resist phishing and identify an untrustworthy domain.
“Today’s younger generation, starting from elementary school students, literally lives in a digital environment. Knowledge in the field of digital literacy and security is one of the most important, and even the youngest users of gadgets and digital services should receive it. Together with the project partners, we plan to cover the entire audience of schoolchildren of different ages, and on the Knowledge resources the materials will be available to everyone in all corners of the country,” said the Director General of the Russian society “Knowledge” Maxim Drevalb.
A separate block for parents and educators will help to better understand the behavior of children on the Internet – for example, to determine that a child is being bullied and help him cope with the problem. Content created with the participation of specialists, including psychologists and experts in the field of cybersecurity, helps teach relatives and teachers to build a trusting dialogue with the child, recognize and solve the problem in a timely manner.