Social Media and Children’s Mental Health

This event will look scrutinise the impact of social media on our children and young people and examine what we can do to nurture positive relationships with the online world and prevent poor mental wellbeing from problematic media use.

Keeping social media use positive

With rates of mental ill health amongst Scotland’s children and young people increasing significantly, social media is in sharp focus for its impact on wellbeing.

Social media has created an ‘always on’ culture where notifications and a constant online presence are relentless features of everyday life. There is pressure to live up to online identities that feed issues of unrealistic comparisons, jealousy, substituting of real social interaction and addiction. The accessibility and anonymity of social media also means that bullying, which could traditionally be left at the school gate, can now follow victims home with the effects magnified.

Evidence on the relationship between mental wellbeing and social media is still emerging, but there is no doubt that social media is here to stay – so how can we ensure relationships with the online world are positive? Join us as we examine the impact of social media on wellbeing and share insights and practical guidance on how we can all better support, inform and nurture a beneficial relationship with social media.

Confirmed speakers

  • Katie Ferguson, Service Director, RespectMe 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Social media as a driver of poor mental health
  • Supporting children to navigate social media in ways that protect their health
  • Positive approaches to tackling cyber bullying
  • Embedding emotional literacy and personal resilience
  • Opening dialogue around the impact of social media on wellbeing

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair

Liz Leonard, Journalist 

10:00 Session 1: Mental Health in Context

  • Social media as a driver of poor mental health
  • Defining ‘problematic’ use of social media
  • Context around declining levels of mental wellbeing

10:00 Session speaker

10:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Nurturing Positive Use

  • Supporting children to navigate social media in ways that protect their health
  • Mitigating the risks of social media
  • Positive approaches to tackling online bullying
  • Social media as a tool to seek and access support

11:30 Session speaker

12:00 Session speaker

12:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Nurturing Resilience

  • Embedding emotional literacy and personal resilience
  • Engaging and supporting parents
  • Practical guidance on how to support children and young people
  • Opening dialogue around the impact of social media on wellbeing

13:30 Session speaker

14:00 Session speaker

14:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

14:55 Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD certified. The full day of this event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

Venue
Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635

Dates
2 May 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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