27 Mar 2018 - UCL course: Children and Young people in the digital age: What do EPs need to know.

The Children’s Commissioner report ‘Growing Up Digital’ (January 2017) and the EU Kids Online Final Report (Livingstone et al., 2011) highlight what are now familiar statistics relating to increases in children and young people’s use of the internet and social media. Alongside these statistics sit headlines in the media which highlight society’s concerns about children and young people becoming addicted to online life, being bullied, exposed to violence, pornography and user-generated content, as well as the risks of being groomed or contacted by adults masquerading as a ‘new friend’. While schools are now promoting safer internet use and supporting children to think about their digital profiles, are we going far enough in educating children to be able to make the best and safest use of the digital resources available to them? What role should parents play? How do our values relating to supporting children’s rights sit alongside the need to keep them safe? Are our assessments of the risks realistic, or has access to international media fuelled anxieties about children and young people’s safety? Could concepts such as digital resilience and digital citizenship be useful in making a difference for children and young people? While as EPs we may have a broad range of psychological theories to bring to this area, how confident are we in giving advice to children, young people, their families and school staff on this most topical issue?

This day brings together leading researchers in the field who are actively examining the implications of the digital age for children and young people.

For more information about the day please contact the Educational Psychology Group, UCL on 020 7679 5307 or edadmin@ucl.ac.uk or for visit www.ucl.ac.uk/educational-psychology/leading_edge_days