Local MSP joins campaign to promote Safer Internet Day

INVERCLYDE PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BE REMOVED FROM STRANGER SNAPCHAT SEARCH FOLLOWING SNP MSP PRESSURE

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has joined the campaign to boost internet safety for young people – after pressure from SNP MSPs Kevin Stewart and Gillian Martin led to Snapchat removing primary schools from their search function.

Marking Safer Internet Day, Mr McMillan backed this action and called on Snapchat to go further and also remove secondary schools from its search tool – which allows strangers to find and watch videos from these locations.

The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP is also encouraging pupils in Inverclyde to take part in a nationwide film competition that aims to raise awareness of the dangers related to sending nude photos online.

Commenting, Stuart said:

“I appreciate the efforts made by my SNP MSP colleagues Gillian Martin and Kevin Stewart that have made Snapchat safer for children across Inverclyde and Scotland, and I hope that Snapchat go even further and remove secondary schools as well.

“Parents should speak with their children to make sure they know how to stay safe online and understand the risks of posting certain information – and I am glad to be involved in the campaign to raise awareness of this serious issue.

“The upcoming nationwide film competition is a great initiative that gives children across my constituency the opportunity to engage with these dangers in a creative manner.

“Today’s [Tuesday 6th February] Parliamentary debate brings this issue to the forefront and highlights the increasing risks when sharing personal information online.

“We must all do what we can to help protect our children when it comes to their online activity.”

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