The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Holyrood Events: Social Media and Children’s Mental Health

This event 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.

With nine 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 to be addressed

  • 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 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 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 bullying. Have a look at the agenda and register here.  

Confirmed speakers

  • Katie Ferguson, Service Director, RespectMe
  • Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Colm Hennessy, Psychiatrist at NHS Scotland
  • Youth worker and young activist from See Me Scotland
  • Lesley Franklin, George Herriot's School
  • Jack Dudgeon MYSP, Chair of the Youth Parliament.
  • Liz Leonard, Journalist and chair of the event

Event details

Who should attend?: teachers, staff from local authority education directorates, elected members interested in education, staff from mental health organisations, and anyone else interested in promoting good mental; health in children and young people.

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019

Time: 9:15 - 15:00

Location: NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Ln., Edinburgh EH2 4JD

Costs (excl. VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (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, 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)

Find out more

Further information about the event, including an agenda, can be found of the Holyrood website.

If you have any queries, please please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635