CUNNINGHAME SOUTH PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BE REMOVED FROM STRANGER SNAPCHAT SEARCH FOLLOWING SNP PRESSURE

SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, has joined the campaign to boost internet safety for young people – after pressure from SNP MSP colleagues, Kevin Stewart and Gillian Martin, led to Snapchat removing primary schools from their search function.

Marking Safer Internet Day, Ruth welcomed this action and called on Snapchat to go further by also removing secondary schools from its search tool – which allows strangers to find and watch videos from these locations.

Ruth is also encouraging pupils in Cunninghame South to take part in a nationwide film competition aimed at raising awareness of the dangers related to sending nude photos online.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“I appreciate the efforts of my SNP MSP colleagues Gillian Martin and Kevin Stewart that have made Snapchat safer for children in Cunninghame South and throughout Scotland. I join them in urging Snapchat to now go even further and remove secondary schools as well.

“Parents should speak with their children to make sure that 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 forthcoming nationwide film competition is a great initiative that gives children across Cunninghame South the opportunity to engage with these dangers in a creative manner.

“And Tuesday’s 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.”