Education Secretary urged to intervene after drug dealers and predators discovered on school networking app

Education Secretary John Swinney has been urged to intervene after The Courier revealed how a social networking tool made available to every schoolchild in Scotland had been infiltrated by predators.

Leading politicians have now joined NSPCC Scotland in calling for the Scottish Government to look at how content on the ubiquitous Yammer app is being monitored to protect children.

The tool, which enables every pupil and teacher to connect with one another as part of the Glow national digital learning platform, has already seen some headteachers halt any further rollout in their schools.

An investigation by The Courier discovered children had been contacted on the service by individuals identifying themselves as paedophiles and drug dealers, and that young users had been given access to violent and bloody horror images.

Scottish Labour education spokesman Iain Gray said: “It is deeply worrying that not only is a Scottish Government-approved app exposing children to the risk of harm, but Education Scotland was warned about such risks before rolling out the system across the country.

“SNP Education Secretary John Swinney must intervene quickly to establish why risks were ignored and what, if any, harm has been done to our children.”

Scottish Conservative shadow education secretary Liz Smith called for “answers from the top” over why children had been put at risk.

“However, that must not come at the expense of children’s safety. It would appear this app has been abused by criminals and people with bad intentions, and that has to stop before any young person comes to harm.

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