Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government

“There are many amazing things we can do online. The internet is a wonderful resource and we want children and young people to make the most of it to learn, communicate and collaborate. However, it is really important that when you are online, you stay safe. 
This year, Safer Internet Day will explore respect and relationships online. This is especially important in present times when so many of us are spending more time using technology for learning and socialising. 
The importance of understanding how to stay safe online is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s new public awareness campaign which also launches today.
The campaign aims to inform parents about the risks of online harm and how to protect their children online. This goes live on 8 February alongside Safer Internet Day across a range of radio, TV and digital channels – directly reaching hundreds of thousands of Scots.
I encourage everyone in Scotland to get involved and play their part in making the internet a safer place.”