Falkirk East MSP Supports Safer Internet Day
Monday, 06 February 2012 17:00
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament supporting Safer Internet Day, which takes place on Tuesday 7th February.
Safer Internet Day is an annual event to promote the safe and responsible use of technology among children and young people. The focus of this year’s event is ‘connecting generations’ and it aims to encourage families to explore online technologies together.
Commenting on the initiative, Angus MacDonald said:
“The theme for this awareness day is Connecting Generations with the slogan 'Discovering the digital world together safely.' This topic looks at the reach of the online world across all generations and cultures and encourages families to work together to stay safe online.
“Our offline and online worlds are strongly connected with the online world being a unique arena where people of all ages can learn together and from each other.
“It is important to remember that we all have a role to play in ensuring that every child is safe online."
“I was pleased to lodge a motion in Parliament last week highlighting the action Falkirk Council’s Education department is taking to ensure children are safe online.”
The text of Angus MacDonald’s motion is as follows:
Motion S4M-01923: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/02/2012
Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 7 February
That the Parliament notes that 7 February 2012 is Safer Internet Day, an annual event to promote the safe and responsible use of technology among children and young people; commends Falkirk Council on its plans to hold two events for parents in Camelon Education Centre; understands that these will focus on connecting generations and aim to encourage families to explore online technologies together; understands that the sessions will have input from children and young people, short TV-style shows entitled The Parents and Carers’ Guide to the Internet and that information will be available on the latest technology available for smartphones and laptops, and encourages as many parents as possible to attend in order for them to learn about the latest technological advances.
Supported by: Gil Paterson, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Clare Adamson, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie, Annabelle Ewing, Kevin Stewart, Adam Ingram, Chic Brodie, Gordon MacDonald, Christina McKelvie, Dennis Robertson, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, John Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Humza Yousaf, Dave Thompson, Margaret Burgess
Safer Internet Day will be taken place on Tuesday 7th February. Falkirk Council will be hosting two events for parents on the 7th February in Camelon Education Centre at 9.30-11.30 am and 7.00-9.00 pm. Parents are able to attend whichever session is most convenient to them. The sessions will consist of an input from children and young people, a short TV style show entitled ‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’ and information will be available on the latest technology available on smartphones and laptops. Technology gurus will also be available to answer any questions that parents might have.