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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-22316: Mary Fee (West Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how best practice regarding social media use and mental health can be shared with all schools to support minimum standards.

Answered by: John Swinney 29 March 2019

We are committed to making sure child internet safety is properly recognised in Scottish education and wider child protection policies. We take online safety incredibly seriously and we continue to liaise with law enforcement agencies to ensure that they have the powers and resources to tackle any incidents of criminality and bring those responsible to justice, whenever and wherever they occur.

There are a wide range of tools available for schools to share good practice across all areas of the curriculum. Education Scotland’s National Improvement Hub provides access to exemplars of practice and support for online collaboration and networks through Glow, the Scottish Schools National Intranet.

In addition, during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this year, we announced that we will be producing guidance, specific to Scotland, on the healthy use of social media and screen time.