Cyber Bullying and Social Media Misuse – What we all need to know
One Day Learning Event
Thursday 16 March 2017
Mercure Hotel, Nottingham City Centre
Anyone who still repeats that old ditty, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” has never experienced the targeted cruelty of a cyber-bully.
Humans can be immeasurably cruel and especially so in childhood. Bullies exploit the difference between individuals and target those who seem to be outside the ‘norm’. Our children gain more access and spend more time on social media, thus experience more exposure to bullies, trolls, and stalkers than ever before. Often people don’t understand how their information can be used against them until it’s too late. An essential part of the conversation about being active on the web is the concern that a young person’s history will follow them into adulthood.
We risk endangering our young people when we do not address this increasingly urgent issue. Understanding and identifying the boundaries between online bullying, abuse and criminal behaviour is paramount.
This important one day event will focus on initiatives and research, highlighting effective practice in helping to keep young people safe from harm in the world of social media. Social media plays an increasingly significant part in the lives of young people and whilst there are a whole host of positive uses, there are also some difficult issues that need to be dealt with. Our day will be an opportunity to hear from a wide range of relevant contributors who are involved with the challenges raised by misuse of social media. They will outline the current evidence base and effective approaches in this field and share ideas and strategies for anyone involved with young people whether in a professional or parental role.
We are delighted to present:
Robin Morris-Jones, Director of the Cognitive Centre. Robin will speak about the latest research which seeks to clarify the relationship between a cyber bully and a victim and will also look at how raising awareness about this subject actually helps to prevent and attack cyberbullying.
Dr Jo Bryce, Senior Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire -Director of the Cyberspace Research Unit – Jo will address cyber-bullying behaviour in the context of the blurring of regulatory and educational responsibilities across home, school and online spaces.
Adrienne Katz, Director of Youthworks Consulting Ltd, Adrienne has written three books about Cyberbullying and online safety. She will talk about the Cybersurvey research programme on young people’s online lives, with responses from over 35,000 young people over nearly ten years.
Leicestershire Police – Donna Smalley, Head of Safeguarding, will present “Kayleigh’s Story”, based on the tragic story of Kayleigh Haywood. Every parent and every teenager should see this film.
BulliesOut – one of the UK’s most dedicated and ambitious anti-bullying charities. They will tell us about their award winning work delivered across the UK and Ireland. Through their work with schools, colleges, youth and community settings, they provide education, training and support to thousands of young people each year.
Craig Pinkney – Criminologist, Urban Youth Specialist, Founder of RealAction UK and Lecturer – Craig will talk us through his 2017 report on the links between youth violence & social media
Who should attend?
Professionals who work with young people, specific organisations and individuals who are directly involved in this area of work, individuals – children, parents, carers, etc who have experienced some form of cyber bullying and those who have academic/research interests.
Costs (including lunch and refreshments throughout the day and conference packs) – £199 + VAT.
(One free place for every paying delegate available until end of February 2017).
We hope you can join us for what promises to be an interesting, informative and thought-provoking day.
Venue: Mercure Hotel, Nottingham City Centre – www.mercure.com/Mercure-hotel/Nottingham
Date: Thursday 16 March 2017 (10am – 4.30pm)
To secure your tickets please:
Contact Wendy Cooper
or Telephone: 02920 513048
No payments are taken online.