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Summary

  1. Income tax rates, homeless veterans and recruitment of teachers are all raised during general question
  2. MSPs take evidence on the Scottish Police Authority
  3. Nicola Sturgeon is quizzed by opposition MSPs during first minister's questions
  4. SNP MSP Gail Ross leads this afternoon's member's debate highlighting international ME day
  5. The Scottish government leads a debate on keeping children safe online

Live Reporting

By Colin Bell and Craig Hutchison

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from Holyrood Live...

    Holyrood

    That brings to an end our coverage of the Scottish Parliament for Thursday 11 May 2017. 

    We'll be back next Tuesday. 

    Have a good weekend. 

  2. The government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously

    The government motion as amended is agreed to unanimously.

    Motion
    Tory amendment
    Lib Dem amendment
  3. The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to unanimously

    The Lib Dem amendment is agreed to unanimously.

    Lib Dem amendment
  4. The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously

    The Tory amendment is agreed to unanimously

    Tory amendment
  5. Even in those safe spaces online there are risks says minister

    Mark McDonald

    Mr McDonald says parents have a role to play in making sure they are up to speed and have an understanding of the risks.

    The childcare minister says even in those safe spaces online there are risks to many children and young people online.

    He says in terms of parents, carers and families, the government will be working with caring organisations.

    Mr McDoanld says the Scottish government will remain engaged with the UK government. 

    He says the Scottish government will be engaging with Police Scotland and other partners. 

  6. Internet safety must focus on psychological harm as well as physical harm

    Parents onine

    Childcare Minister Mark McDonald says the imagery that is projected through social media creates a false image of the perfection of people's lives.

    Mr McDonald says he is interesting in the filtering of images and says his wife there is no filter that could improve his image.

    The minister says young people must be made aware of what is appropriate to share online, even with their friends.

    He says internet safety must focus on psychological harm as well as physical harm. 

  7. Childcare minister praises contributions during consensual debate

    Childcare Minister Mark McDonald

    Childcare Minister Mark McDonald says this is another debate he has brought to the chamber that has been consensual. 

    Mr McDonald says one of the challenges faced by a number of organisations is that creating an app is more straightforward and does not require a big operation.

    The childcare minister says one of the timescales within the action plan has changed because a summit has been moved due to the snap general election. 

  8. Tory MSP says there are some excellent awareness raising initiatives

    The rismks

    Mr Whittle says we need to ensure children get access to this wonderful educational tool while keeping children safe.

    The Tory MSP says there is undoubtedly a reluctance in major social media companies to address safety for fear of driving away customers.

    He says there ares some excellent awareness raising initiatives that need more promotion.

    Mr Whittle says his nine year old daughter went through an NSPCC course that was enlightening. 

    He says the action plan must keep pace with software platform technology developments.

  9. 'The internet can be a wonderful learning tool'

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle

    Tory MSP Brian Whittle says he is a board member for the West of Scotland NSPCC.

    Mr Whittle says the debate has highlighted the dilemma for parents in protecting children online. 

    The Tory MSP says "the internet can be a wonderful learning tool." He says it encourages outdoor learning. 

    Mr Whittle says says children are better online than adults are and there is a struggle to qualify the risks for children online. 

    He says there are many apps that are easily downloaded that allow unfiltered content. 

  10. Labour MSP calls for ICT training for teachers

    Mr Johnson says the policy approach must keep place and he says the action plan is an excellent start.

    The Labour MSP calls for more evaluation to be embedded in the plan.

    He says the debate has focused on cyber bullying and grooming, but there is also consumer related risks like gambling and alcohol.

    computing

    Mr Johnson says we must make sure our children become responsible digital citizens.

    He says one trainee teacher told the Eduation Committee she received no ICT training whatsover which is "deeply alarming".

    The Labour MSP calls for the government to address the lack of ICT (information and communications technology) training of teachers.

  11. 'It can really suck being a teenager'

    Labour MSP Daniel Johnson

    Labour MSP Daniel Johnson says this issue is one for the whole of society.

    "It can really suck being a teenager," he says, "It is almost as bad as being a parliamentarian," he adds. 

    Mr Johnson says he is thankful that some of the communication tools were not available when he was a child because it is an added pressure. 

    The Labour MSP says says social media is pervasive in nature.

    He says the government could go further and specify who should be taking these actions. 

  12. Background: How can I keep my kids safe online?

    Kids online

    We know just how much time kids spend chatting, surfing or playing games online and how much they love connecting and sharing with people all over the world.

    But there are risks that lurk in cyberspace, so the BBC teamed up with e-safety organisation Internet Matters to help you make the internet a safer place for your kids.

    The good news is that keeping them safe online doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s more about common sense and communication than computer know-how. In fact, just a few simple steps can ensure that every child can surf safely.

    Just click below: 

  13. Important roles that Internet Watch Foundation and Police Scotland

    Kid on a computer

    Mr Scott highlights the important roles that Internet Watch Foundation and Police Scotland play in this issue.

    The Lib Dem MSP  ask what the increase in internet use means for reading and writing.

    He calls for more research into this area.

  14. Teacher training for the next generation that are to look after children is important says Lib Dem MSP

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott

    Lib Dem MSP Tavish Scott says there is a balance between privacy and the need for knowledge as to what is going on with children online.

    Mr Scott says this is a good action plan which drives towards the issues to be addressed. 

    The Lib Dem MSP says we have to accept as parents the challenges of that role. 

    He says teacher training for the next generation that are to look after children is important. 

  15. Background: NSPCC ChildLine

    NSPCC
  16. 'It is society's responsibility'

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire
    Image caption: SNP MSP Ruth Maguire

    SNP MSP Ruth Maguire says the world today is radically different to the one she grew up in.

    Ms Maguire says the online world and offline world are one thing to young people.

    The SNP MSP says cyber-bullying allows bullying to take on another dimension and young people cannot escape it. 

    She says "it is society's responsibility" to make sure we are speaking to children and young people. 

  17. Labour MSP says teachers must be properly trained and supported to tackle online safety

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon
    Image caption: Labour MSP Monica Lennon

    Labour MSP Monica Lennon says it is very much welcome to see the action plan published.

    Ms Lennon says the internet and social media brings opportunity and risks that must be navigated.

    She says Barnardo's Scotland stress the concerns around the dangers online are around "stranger danger" and grooming.

    The Labour MSP says the outside world is suddenly more accessible to children in places where they should be safe.

    She says teachers must be properly trained and supported to tackle online safety.

  18. 'My great uncle Socrates'

    SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson says when you go online you are confronted with a series of risks.

    Mr Stevenson says he sent his first email in 1980 and first did his internet banking in 1983.

    Labour MSP Daniel Johnston asks if he was alive when Socrates warned about the dangers of writing.

    'My great uncle Socrates'
    Image caption: 'My great uncle Socrates'

    Mr Stevenson responds saying "ah yes my great uncle Socrates".

    He says youngsters must be protected from psychological dangers as well as physical dangers. 

    Mr Stevenson says he has a blue tick on his Twitter page which proves he is who he says he is. 

    The veteran SNP MSP says if someone wishes to follow more of his seminar he will be in the bar from 5pm.

  19. Tory MSP welcomes the action plan and the protection it will hopefully give

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour says this is a deeply serious debate and he says he is an IWF champion.

    The Tory MSP says cyber bullying goes on and goes with the victim into the house and the bedroom.

    Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour
    Image caption: Conservative MSP Jeremy Balfour

    Mr Balfour says sadly his niece was very badly bullied on Facebook and she had nowhere to hide.

    The Tory says he welcomes the action plan and the protection it will hopefully give.

    He says he is pleased the government went out of its way to speak to children in formulating this plan and he calls on the digital industry to do more.

  20. 'The internet and I have grown up together'

    SNP MSP Kate Forbes

    SNP MSP Kate Forbes says "the internet and I have grown up together."

    Ms Forbes says the internet has been a never ending stream of communicating.

    The SNP MSP says the internet is now thoroughly embedded in children's lives and she still finds it remarkable watching toddlers navigate tablets.

    She says the internet brings out the best and the worst in people.

    Ms Forbes says the government's commitment to engage with parents is very important.