Scottish government blasted for failing to stop children seeing porn on school social networking site

Scottish government blasted for failing to stop children seeing porn on school social networking site

Children were able to access porn on a school social networking site – even though the Scottish government knew that explicit images were shared.

E-mails received as part of a Freedom of Information inquiry showed Secretary of Education John Swinney was told in April that 100 users had been exposed to adult content on Yammer.

However, no action was taken to prevent children from accessing the site until the issue was uncovered by a newspaper in June, six weeks after the education bosses were alerted.

The problem was raised in April with Education Minister John Swinney, but no action was taken until June

It also turned out that pictures were viewed and clicked by six teachers, four of whom had not set off alarms with the Scottish government.

Scottish Labor Education spokesman Iain Gray said: "The most important duty of any government is to protect its children from harm – John Swinney has failed.

"He needs to explain why he has known for six weeks that this harmful material is likely to be passed on to children but will not intervene until the parents' concerns are reported in the media."

Education Scotland said that concerns about all its online services, including Yammer, can be viewed via the "Report concerns" button.

Labor Education spokesman Iain Gray has insulted John Swinney for his treatment of the topic

A Scottish government spokesman said, "When the Deputy First Minister was made aware of a parent's concerns in June, it became clear that the suspension of the Yammer network was necessary until these issues could be resolved properly.

"Yammer remains suspended for students, while Education Scotland examines all relevant issues in detail."

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