Solar powers up online experiment

IM-PAW-TANT MESSAGE: PC Roberton with Solar.
IM-PAW-TANT MESSAGE: PC Roberton with Solar.

Youngsters throughout Motherwell and Bellshill are being encouraged to take the lead of Police Scotland’s newest pup when it comes to internet safety.

The Lanarkshire Division has shared a picture of PC Greg Roberton and puppy Solar on social media in a bid to teach children that once something is posted online, it can quickly spread - and possibly stay accessible forever.

The photo was posted on the division’s Facebook page on Monday, and has already been shared by social media users all over Scotland, and around the world.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon even got in on the act and retweeted the picture on Twitter.

PC Roberton, Lanarkshire Violence Reduction and Safer Communities officer, has been visiting local schools with the important message and was delighted with the initial response.

He said: “Safer Communities are carrying out an experiment to promote internet safety for kids this summer.

“The idea around the post is to have Solar, our newest Police Scotland puppy, travel as far as possible around the world, to highlight to kids that social media posts can go anywhere.

“This is being received well on social media and Solar has turned into an internet safety mascot!

“We are delighted with the journey Solar has made so far - with the picture even being retweeted by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon - and I would encourage as many Facebook and Twitter users as possible to do the same.”

Facebook users are urged to share the picture and comment with their location. The original post can be found at

It can also be found on Twitter @EastKilbPolice.