A hybrid strategy for marking Safer Internet Day in Russia

In 2021, Safer Internet Day (SID) in Russia was again held in the traditional form of Safe Runet Week, well known since 2008. Although some COVID-related restrictions for mass events were still in place, generally the programme for the week stayed as intensive as before the pandemic. The main difference was a shift for most events to online and the adoption of a “hybrid” strategy, having both offline and online participation in Safer Internet Day activities.


For example, the conference for helpline consultants and youth psychologists, held by FID in Moscow State University, took place entirely online. This year, participants discussed the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on children’s well-being and digital activities, the introduction of “remote education”, and the changes in digital consumption and communication for children and youth during and after main pandemic restrictions.

The next “central” event was for educators, retaining its classic format since it has been hosted online from its first edition back in 2009. This year, the traditional videoconference for educators was a complete success, covering 83 of 86 regions of Russia with approximately 3,000 connections. The key topic of discussion was positive content – criteria, production and popularisation. It was a pleasure to see regional projects for positive content created by local developers.

Children, youth and parents were active participants of Coddy Safety Week, held over the course of the weekend in 110 cities. This project is not just about awareness raising, but also for experience exchange. Presentations were delivered by gurus and trainers, and also by youth teams.

The key event, as usual, was Digital Safety Forum – CSF 21, held on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, the day of SID itself. This year, both online and offline participation was available. As always, the event gathered decision makers, LEA officers, digital industry experts, NGOs and researchers, educational projects and associations. The agenda included personal data issues, protection from fraud, dissemination of positive content, and combating illegal content, while a panel discussion reflected on the future of the internet.

As usual, Safe Runet Week covered schools, youth clubs and NGOs all over the country with a variety of local events including discussions, awareness lectures, contests and quizzes, presentations of new projects.

Find out more about Safer Internet Day in Russia. Alternatively, find out more about the work of the Russian Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services – or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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