SNP’s ‘sinister’ plan to track children

And MORE State control of our kids. The SNP are taking control of EVERY part of EVERYONE’s lives. Vote them out.

SCHOOLCHILDREN could be tracked as part of “sinister” new database proposals, the Scottish Daily Express can reveal.

A Scottish Government report envisages pupils being swiped in and out of each lesson with their attendance logged and monitored.

They would also be given rewards for state-approved behaviour such as using public transport and eating healthy food.

Put together, the information could create a comprehensive dossier of a youngster’s daytime movements for around 40 weeks of the year.

The revelation comes as SNP ministers face accusations that they are trying to build a national identity register.

Dr Stuart Waiton, a sociology lecturer at Abertay University, said: “It is remarkable how unproblematically the people behind this report can explain in great detail how they are trying to socially engineer young people to behave in ways they see as being acceptable.

“It is also illustrative of how petty and small-minded politics has become that they think managing these micro-aspects of life can make a big difference to a young person’s prospects.

“This fits very much with the ‘nudge’ approach of government today where the public are treated like lab rats who cannot be trusted with their freedom to make the ‘correct’ choices.”

In 2012, SNP ministers launched a project to build a national integrated ticketing system.

The aim is to link up all modes of transport across Scotland, allowing people to travel anywhere using a single smartcard.

But Government planners want to take the technology further to ­create a supercard which can also be used to access state services.

This would involve merging the new scheme with the National Entitlement Card or Young Scot Card.

These already allow pensioners to travel free on buses and youngsters to have cashless catering at school.

A 130-page report was commissioned into its potential functions with officials from Government agency Transport Scotland, local authorities and the NHS taking part in meetings around the country alongside transport and IT industry experts.

The authors – public sector strategy consultants MMM Group – then produced a series of case studies outlining the vision of how the card would be used.

One example shows how a youngster would be “using the smart card to gain credits/points from a rewards system when the user carries out positive/healthy behaviour – such as using public transport, attending activities (i.e. sports practice, art class), or eating a healthy school meal.

This builds on to an existing scheme offered by Young Scot but takes into account smaller daily behaviours that could make a big different to a young person’s life in terms of health, activity and social interaction.

“This service should be accessible to all school pupils. Add-ons: Could track attendance to classes.

Accessing wider shops to encourage the purchase of healthy goods. Could offer rewards such as voting facilitated through the card.”

But Emma Carr, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “This is the sort of mission creep which can turn innocent ideas in theory into invasive backdoor ID cards in practice.

“The Scottish Government must be absolutely clear about how this system will work and what it will be used for.”

The Scottish Government last would not discuss the report’s ­contents but claimed it currently has “no plans” to introduce the recommendations.