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Jul 4
09:30 - 16:00
Identity and Belonging 2019: Growing Up in the Digital Age

The University of Kent and Kent Educational Psychology Service are hosting a one day conference on social media, how young people use them, and the effects, both positive and negative, that this has on their developing peer relations and personal identity.

While there are multiple benefits that can stem from young people's use of social media, specific online risks have been identified including poor mental health, cyberbullying, sexting and sexual harassment, online pornography, sexual solicitation online and radicalisation.The heaviest users of social media are also those most vulnerable to low wellbeing and symptoms of anxiety and depression, in addition to other harms such as loss of empathy. Girls are twice as likely to be high intensity users as boys. In younger children more than two hours a day of recreational screen time is associated with reduced working memory, processing speed, attention levels and executive function.The conference programme will offer a combination of recent research into how young people use social media and the effects of social media, and a series of workshops focusing on specific areas of concern to schools, colleges, youth and community groups and services. The voice of young people will take the form of a short film prepared by students from Canterbury College.

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Woolf College,
Giles Lane,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Registration fee £99 per person

Contact: Dr Lindsey Cameron
Categories: Conferences


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