Seven numbers you should know this week

Picture  Christopher Furlong                                         'George Square at Christmas.'Furlong

Picture Christopher Furlong 'George Square at Christmas.'Furlong

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This week’s stories by the numbers.

Children now spend an average of 15 hours a week online

Ofcom are becoming increasingly worried at how trusting children are with the information they find online. These so-called digital natives – children who have grown up with the internet – often lack “online nous” to decide if what they see is true or impartial, the regulator concluded.

Almost one in ten children who go online (8 per cent) believe information from social media websites or apps is “all true” – doubling from 4 per cent last year – and most 12 to 15-year-olds are unaware that “vloggers”, or video bloggers, can be paid to endorse products.

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Glasgow city in fifth annual best of the world list

Glasgow has been named as a must visit destination in 2016 by National Geographic.

The global travel magazine has selected Glasgow in its fifth annual ‘Best of the World’ list comprising of must-see destinations around the globe.

The list, which also features other destinations in countries including Brazil, Greenland and Japan, will be featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller, as well as on a special ‘Best of the World 2016’ on its award-winning website.

Why was Glasgow chosen? >>>

Women earn seven per cent less than men

Scotland’s gender pay gap has been narrowing along with the rest of the United Kingdom’s in recent years, but women still earn approximately seven per cent less than men as of November 2015.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Britain 18th out of 145 countries for equality in a range of socioeconomic and political opportunities.

With the analysis of ten years’ worth of data from at least 109 continuously-covered countries informing their research, the Global Gender Gap report highlights the United Kingdom’s strengths and weaknesses as an equal opportunities nation.

What can be done to equalise pay? >>>

Scotland’s coldest recorded temperature is -22.2°C

December 1962 gave parts of Scotland a white Christmas. Glasgow received its first snowfall on Christmas Day since in the post-war period. However, it was the early days of 1963 that were characterised by clear skies and plunging temperatures, with the coldest recorded temperature of -22.2°C logged in Braemar.

Compared to England, however, Scotland got off relatively lightly. January 1963 saw mean maximum temperatures of below zero throughout southern England, with lakes and rivers freezing across the land.

What are some of Scotland’s coldest winters? >>>

Bay City Rollers spent six weeks at number one

The cover of Bye, Bye, Baby from Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons became the band’s signature song as it sold over one million singles in the first week.

The Rollers made the song their own, by increasing its pace and adding a guitar solo for impetus. 
What were some of the other best selling Scottish songs? >>>

One in ten Scots have been hacked

Scots are being urged to take action to protect themselves online amid an “unprecedented” rate of cyber crime which has seen 10% of Scots experiencing unauthorised data hacks.

The Scottish Government has launched a strategy aimed at helping businesses, organisations and individuals stay safe while using the web.

It highlights the importance of simple steps such as creating strong passwords, keeping software up to date, turning on firewall settings, installing anti-virus software and using mobile screen locks and passwords.

What can you do to protect yourself? >>>

Two-thirds of Scots favour remaining within the EU

An Ipsos MORI, commissioned by STV, on the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) found almost two-thirds of Scots (65%) report that they would vote to remain in the EU with 22% voting to leave and 13% saying they don’t know. This contrasts with latest Ipsos MORI Britain-wide polling on the issue from August where support to remain in the EU was lower (52%) while 36% wanted to leave.

What are politicians saying? >>>

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