In our blog we write about the different roles of social media. In this post I want to describe educational and protective roles of social media for children. Usually, Russia and Ukraine use identical social networks for adults. In connection with the well-known conflict it has led to the emergence of a large flow of misinformation and negative posts. To protect children from the effects of any ethnic conflicts for the last three years in Russia have began to develop rapidly closed groups for children in networks for parents (Facebook.com, VK.ru) and children’s social networks. For example, on Facebook, there are online libraries for refugees. The virtual libraries provide children’s books on the Ukrainian and Russian languages free of charge.
In another way have been created children’s social networks. The social networks exist outside of politics and commercial campaigns; do not require payment for registration. Children can be associated in groups with the same interests (sports, chemistry, mathematics, music), by age, favourite fairy tale hero, problems (for example, a problem with the Russian grammar). In the networks are conducted online creative competitions. That is, these networks bring together children; protect them of negative adults’ comments, reflect their interests.
Majority of the networks are educational and doing on the Russian language. For example, https://dnevnik.ru, http://www.tvidi.ru/, http://podruzhki.ru/.
However, these social networks allow you to create groups to communicate in any language. This allows children of Ukrainian refugees to unite and use their native language.
Parents have an opportunity to see their children’s accounts, but cannot change their content.
Thus, the function of social networks allows us to talk about their protective function.