Imagine, you are prohibited to use popular social networks for the term from one to eight years…
Imagine the members of your family allow you to use the Internet only under their supervision…
Imagine, all the Internet pages are illustrated with the photos, capable to scare to death…
This is what the Internet can be like for children and teens.
Internet for the children now
In the course of swift development of the Internet several important stages have already been passed, and now we are on the verge of one of them.
With no doubt, the Internet is one of the most beneficial and outstandingly useful inventions of the XX century. However, is it equally friendly to all users? No.
Children and teens are the second group of online activity. Do you meet in web enough resources that consider their interests? Ask yourself, whether the online youth could independently form the shape and image of the virtual space? No.
The society prefers not to notice children in the Internet, offering to everyone to declare adulthood by simple click of the button, or try to limit access to the web in radical way, with the help of special software, installed on home and school computers. Ignoring, motivation to falsehood or virtual ghetto – that is how we respond to the children sincere interest.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that there are no instruments in global web in its present form that could protect children from aggression and criminal attacks of peers and adults.
The only way to improve the current situation is the creation of the self-sufficient Internet space, that would take into consideration children and teenagers’ interests. It’s much easier to form it inside a particular top-level domain zone.
What to do?
There are external laws and internal rules that control content in the Internet. Difficulties in children’s protection and organization of information in worldwide network are substantially caused by disagreements and different interpretations in laws of the separate states, also by the absence of common international legislative agreements. The only rules, obligatory for all members of the Internet industry, are the rules of top-level domain zones that regulate the work of all addresses of sites.
Internet is a network of information exchange. But to share something the sender and receiver must know the addresses of each other. The World Wide Web functions at the expense of the environment of domain addresses. National domains (.RU, .US) being the oldest public domains currently focus on universal coverage and profit from the sale of domain names. Except the rare cases they enforce legislation of the states where registered and almost never organize informational space. However, the administration of domain zones has sufficient authority and capacity to create an autonomous segment of the information on the Internet.
We propose the capacities of new top-level domain zone .ДЕТИ to form and develop children’s Internet in Russia. Friendly domain .ДЕТИ allows to unite all the relevant sites and create an integrated Internet segment, adapted to the interests of kids and teens and to their ability to perceive and process information.
How to do it?
The process of registration the top-level domain zone .ДЕТИ is carried out by non-profit foundation “Smart Internet”.
The founder of “Smart Internet” and the principal investor of friendly domain .ДЕТИ project is Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ, that is supported by contributions from the implementation and extension of the national domain zone . RU and .РФ. Therefore the financial scheme of domain .ДЕТИ is an example of Internet development at the expense of self-government and internal resources.
Administration of the domain zone will be carried out by the means of a program complex of monitoring and a filtering the content, work of expert community and profile experts as well as self-government mechanisms.
Domain .ДЕТИ is a social project and doesn’t assume receiving profit. Thus the development of the children’s Internet in Russia will cause expansion of the profile socially responsible Internet market.