Social Media and Children’s Mental Health

We will discuss with key experts how to nuture positive relationships with the online world and prevent poor mental wellbeing for our children and young people.

9 out of 10 UK teenagers claim social media makes them feel happy or closer to their friends. What can educators, parents and mental health services do to nurture a positive relationship with social media platforms? 

Key issues we'll examine with you

  • Analysing evidence on social media: positive and empowering versus social pressure and mental health issues
  • Positive approaches to tackling online bullying
  • Embedding emotional literacy and personal resilience

In 2016/17 Scotland recorded 30% increase of online offences of communicating indecently with a child in 2016/17 (NSPCC report). However, 9 out of 10 UK teens aged 12 to 15 claim social media makes them feel happy and close to their friends (Ofcom Social Media Use report). New regulatory frameworks announced by UK Government will come into place to tackle online harm but we need to know more about the impact of social media on children and young people's mental health, the Public Audit Committee has said to the Scottish Government.   What can educators, parents and mental health services do to nurture a positive relationship with social media platforms? 

 

At Holyrood’s Social Media and Children’s Mental Health you will get a detailed picture of what the latest research says on the risks of social media for young people from the children mental health expert Alison Crawford. Also, you will have the chance to discuss with Katie Ferguson, child protection expert and RespectMe Service Director, positive approaches to tackling online bulling. Have a look at the agenda and register here.   

Confirmed speakers

  • Katie Ferguson, Service Director, RespectMe 
  • Kirstie Rees, University of Dundee 
  • Alison Crawford, Chair, SDEP Training Committee

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair
Liz Leonard, Journalist

Session 1: Mental Health in Context

10.00 Issues we will cover in this session: 

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

10:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Nurturing Positive Use

11:30 Positive Approaches To Tackling Online Bullying

Katie Ferguson, RespectMe

12:00 Insight Challenges Around Supporting the Mental Health of Young People

Alison Crawford, SDEP Training Committee
Kirstie Rees, University of Dundee

12:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

13:00 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Nurturing Resilience

13.30 Issues we will cover in this session: 

  • 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

14:30 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

14:55 Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Why is this event for you? 

This event will give you the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across Scotland and hear from experts at the forefront of mental health and child protection services. With the record of online offences of communicating indecently with a child in Scotland growing (30% up in 2017) at Holyrood events we offer a forum for educators and services to get together to find effective and empowering ways to educate children about social media.


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.

 

Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email mariola@holyrood.com with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.

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
9 October 2019
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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