OREANDA-NEWS. December 26, 2011. The "Kyivstar" experts supported by the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine participated in the regional conferences for pedagogical staff. More than 5000 teachers in 11 oblasts of Ukraine familiarized themselves with online safety issues and rules of the children’s safe conduct on the Web.

Presentations of the "Kyivstar" experts in online security to the Ukrainian teachers began the next stage of the social initiative "Safer Kyivstar Internet to schools". In Kyiv, Dnipropetrivsk, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Ivano-Frankivsk, Odesa, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Sevastopol the Kyivstar experts told the teachers about primary Internet threats, rules of safe conduct on the Web and provided teachers with specially developed information materials that will help them understand the issues of the children?s online safety.

The teachers noted the importance of the problem of online children’s safety and practicality of recommendations received for teaching schoolchildren to behave safely on the Web.

For teaching the fundamentals of the conduct in the Internet at school the teachers will be able to use a "Children in the Internet: how to teach safety in the virtual world" manual. The manual is developed by Kyivstar in partnership with the Institute of Psychology named after H.S. Kostiuk and recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

Due to the implementation of the "Safe Kyivstar Internet to Schools" program before the end of 2011, 200 schools of Ukraine will be provided with access to high speed Internet from Kyivstar, which will allow the teachers and schoolchildren to use new possibilities of the Net for education and development: familiarize with information at educational resources, watch educational movies, look through video instructions, etc.

Irina Prints, Social Responsibility Program Manager, Kyivstar:

"We believe that access to the Internet, which is provided by Kyivstar, will benefit the schoolchildren and broaden their learning and development possibilities. For the company it is extremely important that our gift, i.e. connection to the World Wide Web, is safe for schoolchildren. Therefore, Kyivstar places great emphasis on teaching the principles of children’s behavior in the Internet. We have conducted a number of conferences for pedagogical staff, where we talked about problems, shared experience and distributed the manuals on children’s safety on the Web."

Kyivstar carries out systematic work to ensure the children’s safety in the Internet. Since 2009 the company has carried out a Kyivstar social program "The Children’s Safety in the Internet," aimed at protecting children from threats online. Within the program’s framework the operator, in partnership with the Institute of Psychology named after H.S. Kostyuk, National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, created a "white list" of the recommended children’s sites, on the basis of which a free service "Parents? control", was developed to protect children from online threats when using the Internet from the mobile phone.