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Left to their own devices? Young people, social media and mental health

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The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

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Bright Blue and Barnardo’s are hosting the conference, Left to their own devices? Young people, social media and mental health. The conference will include the Barnado's annual lecture from The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

New technologies and the internet have transformed the way adults, and especially children, live their lives – how they learn, communicate, socialise, and express their views. Much of this is positive – enabling greater information sharing and social capital. But there has been growing public concerns, alongside a nascent evidence base, that social media may have a negative impact on children and young people’s mental health.

This conference will explore the positive and negative impacts of social media on young people, prompting debate on questions such as:

  1. Can social media be harnessed to promote rather than damage children’s mental health?
  2. As a society, do we know how to respond to the challenges of childhood in the digital age?
  3. What more can Government, parents, schools and services do to help keep children safe and healthy online?

The evening will begin with a panel discussion with young people, practitioners and decision makers. At the end of the conference, delegates will be invited to a networking reception.

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