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Social Media and Children’s Mental Health

We will discuss with key experts how to nurture 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? 


Nurturing a positive relationship

In 2016/17 Scotland recorded a 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. Also, you will have the chance to discuss with Katie Ferguson, child protection expert and RespectMe Service Director, positive approaches to tackling online bullying. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Katie Ferguson, Service Director, RespectMe
  • Alison Preston, Head of Media and Research at Ofcom
  • Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Colm Hennessy, Psychiatrist at NHS Scotland
  • Kirsty Donnelly, Childline Community Manager at Childline. 
  • Sally & Blair Nimmo Youth Champions at See Me Scotland
  • Lesley Franklin, George Heriot's School
  • Jack Dudgeon MYSP, Chair of the Youth Parliament.
  • Liz Leonard, Journalist and chair of the event 

Key issues we will 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

Who will benefit from attending?

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.

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Opening Remarks from the Chair - Liz Leonard, journalist


Session 1: Mental Health in Context

10.00 Main drivers for poor mental health and the impact of social media

Dr Colm Hennessy, Psychiatrist at NHS Scotland

10:30 Challenging Mental Health Stigma and the Role of Social Media

Sally & Blair Nimmo Youth Champions at See Me Scotland

11:00 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:15 Refreshments and Networking


Session 2: Nurturing Positive Use

11:30 Positive Approaches To Tackling Online Bullying

Katie Ferguson, Service Director, RespectMe

11:55  Using social media platforms positively to enhance learning and teaching

Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde

12:15 Children’s media use and attitudes: an overview of Ofcom’s research  

Alison Preston, Head of Media and Research at Ofcom

12:30 Solutions Room: how can we embed emotional literacy and personal resilience?

13:00 Lunch and Networking


Session 3: Nurturing Resilience

13.40 Opening dialogue around the impact of social media on wellbeing

Lesley Franklin, George Heriot's School

14:00 Dealing with the risks and benefits of social media

Kirsty Donnelly, Childline Community Manager at Childline

14.20 Q &A

14:30 Fireside chat - Growing up with social media: Jack Dudgeon MYSP, Chair of the Youth Parliament & Liz Leonard, journalist

14:55 Closing Remarks from the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Date
09 Oct 2019
Venue
NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln., Edinburgh EH2 4JD
Cost
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

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