‘You just need to toughen up!?’ Exploring different understandings of the term resilience. The Digital Youth programme brings together a talented team with a diverse range of expertise, skills and experiences. This includes young people with lived experience expertise and researchers from a range of disciplines. Our Digital Definitions and Debates project makes the most of the opportunity this diversity in expertise and experience offers. We are:
- Compiling and creating short and clear explanations of commonly used language in Digital Youth mental health research.
- Hosting workshops to share and explore our understandings of more complex and contested terms where different perspectives are important.
We hope that this project will:
- Build understanding, facilitate meaningful conversations and enable further collaboration across our Digital Youth team.
- Provide a useful resource for Digital Youth team members and beyond.
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.
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.
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
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