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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19578: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent UK-wide survey by the NSPCC that shows that 24% of 7- to 16-year-olds have live streamed and one in eight have video chatted with someone they did not know.

Answered by: Maree Todd 8 November 2018

Any decisions to legislate the regulation of the internet is currently reserved to the UK Parliament. The Scottish Government continues to work with the UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as they develop a new Internet Safety Strategy. This includes active participation and representation by Scottish Government officials on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS ).

To help support children online Curriculum for Excellence has been refreshed to include explicit expectations for learning and progression related to Digital Literacy. A key strand of this is Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety which covers topics such as using technology to communicate safely and securely; and developing an understanding of responsible digital behaviour. In addition, the ‘ Be Internet Legends’ curriculum, which has been developed by Parentzone in partnership with Google, is currently being rolled out at primary schools across Scotland. This programme provides resources for schools to support children to develop the skills they need to be safe and confident online.

Our National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People , published in April 2017, sets out a range of action to help children and young people develop the necessary skills to stay safe while using the internet and support parents and carers to be more aware of the potential risks. This includes work with partners to encourage safe, responsible use of the internet including endorsing the 5Rights coalition which promotes the rights of children and young people online and in digital technologies.

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that Scotland’s children and young people are protected, safe and supported in the online world whilst being able to enjoy the internet.