Impact of social media on our kids

Exploring how social media affects a child’s development 

Children and young people are growing up in a digital world; a world that has been described as ‘always on’. Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of humankind. A world where digital peer pressure and online bullying are serious issues. This talk will give you the information you need to safely guide children through the digital era.

Our youth should, according to the UK Department for Education Quality Standards for Children’s Homes (2015) guide, have safe access to a computer and the Internet to support their education and learning. While most homes provide that access, knowing how to educate and support children and young people to navigate the internet and social media safely, can be an ever-present challenge. It can feel as if there is a lack of clear, simple-to-follow guidance. There has, however, been an increase in research and recommendations. We will be exploring the challenges and the benefits of social media, with an overview of recommendations and guidance. There are thought provoking opportunities to reflect on our own use, as adults, of social media and how this may contribute to our children’s development and safety in a digital world.

You’ll learn:

  • How to manage and oversee healthy development of our children in a digital era
  • The pitfalls to avoid, benefits, & dangers
  • And how to safely navigate social media

 

Where? Young Hearts & Minds Event – Waterfront Hall

When ? Wednesday 27th June – 1640 – 1730

Cost ? £48 – 2 Days / £35 – 1 Day

 

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A little bit about the speaker!

Dr Fiona Pienaar has a background of over 30 years in teaching in primary and intermediate schools, special needs education, counselling in schools, counsellor education, educational and mental health resource development, private practice and mental health research. She has a PhD in Behavioural Science and a MEd in Counselling as well as teaching and special needs qualifications. Fiona’s research has focused primarily on children’s experiences of stress and coping.

 

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