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Share Aware 3 resizedAileen Campbell MSP has joined the campaign to boost internet safety for young people – after pressure from fellow SNP MSPs Kevin Stewart and Gillian Martin led to Snapchat removing primary schools from their search function.

Marking Safer Internet Day, Aileen 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.

And she is also encouraging pupils in her Clydesdale area to take part in a nationwide film competition that aims to raise awareness of the dangers related to sending nude photos online.

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

“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 nationwide film competition is a great initiative that gives children across Clydesdale the opportunity to engage with these dangers in a creative manner."

And she said a Parliamentary debate tonight (Tuesday) on cyber resilience in young people would bring this issue to the forefront and highlight 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,” said Aileen.

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