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Summary

  1. The Health and Sport Committee discusses care home sustainability
  2. The committee then considers care home sustainability
  3. MSPs debate equalities and human rights
  4. The first minister leads a debate marking 100 years of women's right to vote
  5. SNP MSP leads a debate on cyber-resilience among young people

Live Reporting

By Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

Female MSPs
Andrew Cowan

That's all from Holyrood Live on Tuesday 6 February 2018.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led a debate saying 'we owe an immeasurable debt to the suffragettes and the suffragists'.

'We all need to talk about these issues'

Children and Early Years Minister Maree Todd
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Children and Early Years Minister Maree Todd

In her first ever debate responding as a minister, Children and Early Years Minister Maree Todd says she is delighted there is no photographic evidence of her growing up, citing her 70's hair cut as a potential issue.

On a more serious note, Ms Todd says: "We all need to talk about these issues."

Acutally its us adults who need to demonstrate good behaviour, says the minister.

She says she is not alone in this chamber in having suffered online abuse.

The minister says the government is committeed to afford children protection from harm wherever that harm is caused

Green MSP calls for personal and social education to be reviewed

Green MSP Ross Greer
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Green MSP Ross Greer

Green MSP Ross Greer says the danger is MSPs sound out of touch.

Mr Greer says: "I'm conscious myself that I sound like someone I might have stopped listening too."

He warns again of the negative impact of sharing intimate pictures of young people.

The Green MSP calls for personal and social education to be reviewed to prepare young people with the lifeskills thatt they need.

Background: A quarter of Childline calls on bullying involve online abuse

Children with computers
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In 2015/16, Childline reported that almost a quarter of Scottish children who contacted who contacted the helpline about bullying were concerned with online abuse.

The charity said 201 of the 873 counselling sessions it arranged were connected to cyber bullying.

Children as young as seven told Childline counsellors they were being tormented by malicious and hurtful messages.

Across the UK, the charity counselled 4,541 children about online bullying.

Tory MSP calls for more research into impact on children of playing games online

Tory MSP Liam Kerr
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Tory MSP Liam Kerr

Tory MSP Liam Kerr says he realises now how little he knows about young people's experience of the internet.

Mr Kerr says there needs to be more research into the impact on children of playing games with violence or bad language.

Background: UK health secretary challenges social media giants on cyber-bullying

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt met with social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, in November to challenge them on cyber-bullying.

In tweets ahead of the discussions, he said some responsibility for rising rates of youth self-harm lies with social platforms.

He says the industry must be "part of the solution" regarding young people's mental health.

Social media companies have said they do prioritise user safety.

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
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UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Mr Hunt asked the social media companies:

  • If they can share statistics on how often cyber-bullying happens on their platforms, and what form it takes.
  • If they have information on the number of underage users, and what can be done to prevent them accessing services.
  • Whether it is possible to identify unhealthy online behaviour among teenagers.
  • And take action to try to provide advice and support.

Background: Instagram tops cyber-bullying study

Young internet users
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In July, research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggested social media is making youngsters more anxious.

Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was directly linked to the number of followers they had.

Instagram was highlighted as having become the vehicle most used for mean comments.

Seven per cent of young social network users said they had been bullied on the Facebook-owned photo app.

That compared to a figure of 6% for Facebook itself, 5% for Snapchat and 2% for Twitter and YouTube.

Background: Why are sexual offences increasing in Scotland?

The number of sexual offences reported to the police in Scotland has reached its highest level since comparable records began in 1971.

But what is behind the rise?

Young person on phone
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Researchers have estimated that online offences were responsible for about half of the growth in all sexual crimes recorded by the police between 2013/14 and 2016/17, and now account for 20% of all recorded sexual crimes.

Three-quarters of victims are under the age of 16, with perpetrators also likely to be teenagers - with more than half aged under 20.

Cyber enabled crimes are most likely to be reported by a relative or guardian (38%), followed by the victim themselves (34%).

SNP MSP says sexting is more prevalent than we realise

SNP MSP Ash Denham
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SNP MSP Ash Denham

SNP MSP Ash Denham says, as a mother of young teens herself, this is an issue she has given quite some thought to.

Ms Denham says "I can't be the only person in this chamber who is glad Facebook did not exist when I was 17."

She says that sexting has become very, very normal and is more prevalent than we realise.

The SNP MSP says these pictures can be around the school almost within half an hour.

Background: Rise in number of under-18s reported for sex offences

Young person on swings
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The number of children reported to prosecutors for sexual offences has risen by 21% in four years, new figures have revealed.

There was also a 34% rise in the number of children being reported as the perpetrators of sexual offences where the victim was another child.

Sexting - sharing intimate images - is one reason for the increase.

Leading prosecutors said the figures show the need for better education of young people.

Read more.

'For parents this is, without doubt pretty, scary stuff.'

Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott
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Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says the resilience needed to deal with bullying and pressure was far easier before mobile phones.

Mr Scott says the power of major corporates is real and he says he is not sure we are holding their feet to the fire as much as we should.

He says much of the work that needs to be carried out is as much about helping parents as it is about helping children.

"For parents this is, without doubt pretty, scary stuff."

Background: Is your child a cyberbully and if so, what should you do?

Jane Wakefield

Technology reporter

School pupil on laptop
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Parents worry about their children being bullied online, but what if it is your child who is doing the bullying?

That was the question posed by a BBC reader, followinga report on how children struggle to cope online.

There is plenty of information about how to deal with cyberbullies, but far less about what to do if you find out that your own child is the source.

The BBC took advice from experts and a mother who found out her daughter had been cyberbullying her school friends.

Read more.

Labour MSP recommends 'It's Not Cool to be Cruel' report

Labour MSP Mary Fee
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Labour MSP Mary Fee

Labour MSP Mary Fee says there are risks on the internet that can affect everyone, particularly young vulnerable people.

Ms Fee says there is too much bullying online with serious consequences.

She says the damaging increase in sexual offences against young people requires everyone to work together, particuarly online companies.

The Labour MSP, after some not surprising difficulty, urges MSPs to read the Equalities and Human Rights Committee's report: "It is not Cool to be Cruel: Prejudice based bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools".

Report
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Background: Today is Safer Internet Day

UK Safer Internet Centre website
UK Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day is marked annually on 6 February.

The theme of these year is 'create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you'.

Led in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day promotes conversations about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

Tory MSP says young people need our support

Tory MSP Finlay Carson
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Tory MSP Finlay Carson

Tory MSP Finlay Carson cites the case of Logan Paul who posted a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.

YouTube has cut some business ties with Logan Paul, the hugely popular vlogger.

Paul's channels were removed from YouTube's Google Preferred programme, where brands sell ads on the platform's top 5% of content creators..

Logan and Jake Paul: The brothers dominating social media

YouTube also said it had put on hold original projects with the US vlogger.

Paul posted the video with a man's body on 31 December, triggering widespread criticism.

Mr Carson says young people need our support and the online industry must make changes, as must parents who should empower their children.

Background: Digi, Aye?

Digi, Aye? website page
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Young Scot's 'Digi, Aye?' campaign seeks to improve cyber resilience.

It provides information to young people on various cyber issues, ranging from identity theft to removing content.

Ms Martin praises North East College students and representatives of Young Scot

Ms Martin
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Ms Martin praises North East College students and representatives of Young Scot

Ms Martin praises North East College and Young Scot's for Digi Aye and for producing two videos which will be premiered at tonights parliamentary reception.

She says they will be shown on the Young Scot website

SNP MSP says the sending of naked photos by youngsters is endemic

SNP MSP Gillian Martin says everyone knows stories of online bullying.

Ms Martin says the practice is now normalised and says the sending of naked photos by youngsters is endemic and will have far reaching consequences.

She says guidance teachers tell her about issues increasing in intensity overnight due to social media.

SNP MSP Gillian Martin
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SNP MSP Gillian Martin

Ms Martin say nude photos are used as a bullying tool by boys and girls.

She says she has a fourteen year old girl, who won't thank her for mentioning her, and says her initial reaction on hearing those stories was to build a tower to protect her.

However, Ms Martin says the best thing to to do is to talk to your children and point out sharing nude photos is breaking the law.

Here is the motion

SNP MSP Gillian Martin's motion highlights:

  • pressure on young people to share intimate images online
  • an increase in the number of children reported for sexual offences
  • commends Young Scot's 'Digi, Aye?' campaign
Motion text
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Now turning to the members' debate on cyber resilience among young people

SNP MSP Gillian Martin kicks off her debate on encouraging cyber-resilience among young people.

The government motion as amended is unanimously passed

Motion and amendements
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The Conservative and Labour amendment from the debate Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote are unanimously agreed to.

The government motion as amended is unanimously agreed to.

'The time to act is now'

Equalities Secretary Angela Constance is closing the debate for the government.

Ms Constance outlines her highlights from this very consensual debate.

She says: "The past always speaks to the present."

Angela Constance
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The equalities secretary details horrific postcards from the past but says 100 years on women are still hearing that abuse on social media.

The minister cites the sickiening abuse sent to Labour MP Diane Abbott.

She concludes saying the funding announced by the first minister will seek to improve female representation in political life.

In the next ten years there will be more progress than has been in the last 100, hopes the minister.

"The time to act is now."

'There is still so much to do in terms of changing attitudes'

Tory MSP Liz Smith
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Tory MSP Liz Smith

Tory MSP Liz Smith says when Emily Davidson threw herself infront of a horse at the Epsom Derby it became one of the most contentious politcal protests of all time.

Ms Smith details the courageous protests of the Suffragettes.

She says they did whatever it took to shake out of the establishment of the prejudice that a women's place was only in the home.

Ms Smith says there is a lot of work still to do on BME equalities.

She says: "There is still so much to do in terms of changing attitudes."

"We salute the Suffragettes but realise there legacy is not complete."

'We need to value the work that women do'

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant
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Labour MSP Rhoda Grant

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant says Kezia Dugdale pointed out women are still suffering today due to inequality.

Ms Grant says jobs predominately done by women are paid much less than those predominately done by men.

"We need to value the work that women do."

She says she tells women on the doorstep they must use their vote because around the world there are still women dying for trying to do so.

Background: New coin to mark 100 years of voting

Emmeline Pankhurst's great-granddaughter strikes memorial 50p

The great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, has struck a new coin to mark the 100th anniversary of women being granted the vote.

Dr Helen Pankhurst visited the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, to use a press to imprint the new design onto the 50p coin.

It commemorates the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, passed on 6 February 1918.

The act gave the vote to women over the age of 30 and "of property".

Background: Hate mail and firebombs: How votes for women were won

Horse accident involving Emily Wilding Davison
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"I am glad to hear you are in hospital. I hope you suffer torture until you die, you idiot."

Signed "an Englishman", this piece of hate mail was sent to votes-for-women campaigner Emily Wilding Davison as she lay dying in hospital in June 1913.

Days earlier, she had been trampled by the King's horse after ducking on to the track in a protest at the Epsom Derby.

She never regained consciousness and her death on 8 June is regarded as a key point in the votes-for-women campaign.

The first mass petition backing votes for women was presented to Parliament in 1866.

But it took until 6 February 1918 for the law to change for some women, and only in 1928 did women finally gain equal voting rights with men.

Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons in December 1919.

Read more.

'Well Mr Rennie do you have a Tardis?'

Scottish Lib Dem MSP Willie Rennie concedes that he is a "white male leader of an all male parliamentary group".

Mr Rennie wants to use his leadership to change the composition in the fututre.

Willie Rennie, the Tardis and Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith
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Willie Rennie, the Tardis and Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith

SNP MSP Christina McKelvie asks if a young Willie Rennie, with the power of time travel, would go back and tell the Liberal PM to give women the vote.

Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame asks: "Well Mr Rennie do you have a Tardis?"

No, admits Mr Rennie who says we'd all do things differently.

Background: The Pankhurst Anthem: Song written for women's vote centenary

Emmeline Pankhurst
PA

Relatives of women's rights activist Emmeline Pankhurst have written a new choral piece marking 100 years of women's suffrage.

The Pankhurst Anthem features music by composer Lucy Pankhurst and text by Helen Pankhurst, based on words written by her great-grandmother.

Lucy said setting the words to music had been "a very humbling experience".

It premiered on the Radio 3 website on today, exactly 100 years after (some) British women got the vote.

Green MSP says progress on equality is not linear

Green MSP Alison Johnstone concludes saying the number of women in this chamber shows progress on equality is not linear.

The Green MSP warmly welcomes the first minister's announcement today.

Ms Johnstone
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £500,000 fund to encourage more women to become involved in politics.

The initiative is intended as a tribute to the suffragettes who campaigned for women to be allowed to vote.

Ms Johnstone says the legacy of these remarkable campaigners must be honoured but the gap must be closed.