The UK Government’s Education Committee recently called for evidence on “how screen time can support and impact children’s development, wellbeing, and educational outcomes” in order to understand “the effectiveness of digital safety education in schools and the ways in which schools and parents can be better supported to manage children’s screen usage” as well as “how screen use for academic purposes is being managed in schools.” Coincidentally, the Prime Minister announced a mobile phone ban in UK schools, apparently on the grounds that they distract students from learning and facilitate cyberbullying. This was unexpected, and the relation between the proposed ban and the formal call for evidence has not been made clear. Digital Youth and Sprouting Minds, in the middle of its examination of the complex risks and opportunities for mental health associated with young people’s engagement with the digital world, respond to this.
Lilian Greenwood MP visited researchers and young people from the Digital Youth programme at the Institute of Mental Health, to learn more about our pioneering research into young people’s mental health and wellbeing in a digital world.
Following a Number 10 Policy Unit discussion on social media and mental health in March 22, Digital Youth share their recommendations for improving online mental health:
Digital Youth in Parliament highlighting the mental health risks of the digital world for young people
Digital Youth visited Parliament last week, sharing their expertise about ...
Dr Camilla Babbage attended the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) 2022 conference in Pittsburgh, USA. ISRII is the largest international conference on internet interventions, with a strong focus on apps and online services to support mental health.
Dr Jess Williams (research project 7) recently attended the 19th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour (ESSSB19) in Copenhagen, Denmark
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Public/Patient Involvement (PPI) are tools that can help researchers think about the way they carry out their research, as well as about how they involve others within the research process.
Dr Joanna Lockwood and Dr Camilla Babbage (Research Project 8) were recently invited to Birmingham University by the Midland Innovation/Health Team to provide an update on their research to the Medical Research Council
Digital Youth community meets to reinforce commitment to collaboration, co-creation and co-production
The Digital Youth community recently met in Nottingham for the DY Huddle, an event that brings together researchers, young people and management from across the Programme