How can social media impact on the mental wellbeing of children and young people? Children and young people agree that it has its highs and lows – the key to managing the apparent ‘normal stresses’ of being online is promoting positive mental wellbeing.
Mental health disorders among England’s young has risen in recent years' Discuss the latest findings from a survey led by NHS Digital shows that one in eight children and young people aged 5 to 19 years old have a mental health disorder. In many conversations the finger has been pointed at social media, austerity and exam pressures to explain the cause for this rise in mental health disorders in England’s young but the survey results can not directly answer what has caused the rise. We will consider the duty of care placed on schools set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Sept 18 statutory guidance and other non-statutory guidance such as Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools Nov 2018 to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Developing resilience as part of an integrated, whole school approach that is tailored to meet the needs of pupils is key.
Understanding the link between mental health and behaviour; identifying factors that make some pupils more vulnerable than others and supporting work aimed at pupils with SEND will be covered from attending all three sessions from the Horizons – Maintaining Wellbeing in a Digital World package.
This course will enable you to:
- Discuss potential activities of risk online that can have a negative effect on mental health;
- Understand how using social media and the internet can contribute to changes in a young person’s interpersonal behaviour and/or emotional state;
- Signpost curriculum planning guides and resources for classroom practice to help equip children and young people to develop critical thinking and build resilience online to manage the stresses and challenges posed;
- Signpost support and advice apps and services for young people suffering with mental health issues.
Horizons – Maintaining Wellbeing in a Digital World is a package of three indivdual sessions taking place during the year: 1. Coping with the pressures of an online life 2. An ecological approach to mental health and behaviour 3. SEND and associated risks with mental health There is a special offer to book all three sessions, per delegate, in advance and pay only £150, alternatively you may book and attend individual sessions per delegate at a cost of £75 per session.
This course is suitable for designated safeguard leads, PSHE leads, computing leads and those leading on mental health, inclusion and wellbeing in schools.