Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs
- 26 November 2019
- 08:30 - 16:25
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
This conference will assess the impact of media platforms on mental health and how media industries can deliver a legal duty of care.
Media is growing and diversifying at an incredible pace; we engage daily with 24/7 news, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, anytime streaming, podcasts and other platforms that undeniably impact our thoughts about the world and ourselves. Mental Health & Media: Delivering A Duty of Care will bring together perspectives from across platforms, mental health service providers and policy makers to assess, discuss and develop best practices for using the incredible power of the media to educate, influence and determine positive mental health outcomes. The conference programme will:
Academics developed the legal duty of care through a blog series for Carnegie UK Trust that reflected a work programme exploring regulatory frameworks to reduce the harm occurring on social media platforms. Their work received widespread support from government and Shadow Ministers ahead of the publication of the 'online harms' white paper; a collaborative publication between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office, that recommends establishing a new framework of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harms.
This keynote will address the strengths and shortcomings of the online harms white paper - including:
The Oxford Internet Institute, in collaboration with the Open Rights Group and other partners, convened a one-day multi-stakeholder workshop to review the implications of the 2019 Online Harms White Paper. Representatives from human rights NGOs, academia, child rights advocates, social media organisation, independent regulators and other stakeholders gathered to share different perspectives on the government's regulatory approach to dealing with problematic online content. In an open letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the group stated their position on the legal duty of care:
'One unanimous finding from the day was "there is a need for a systematic approach to dealing with problematic content online, but the group did not support the adoption of a 'duty of care' approach". Many participants noted that the concept of duty of care does not translate well from the office to the online context, and as such it provides little clarity as to what duties can and should be expected of companies within scope of the OHWP.'
This presentation will address key elements of the proposals outlined in the OHWP and expand on alternative approaches to regulating against online harms.
“Attack Journalism” is one of the longest standing press rituals of celebrification and a means by which media industries exert power. There is urgent need for press codes to acknowledge harassment through persistent publication as well as pursuit. As a journalist, I deferred to codes of regulation every day and found many in regional and national newspapers did so too. If we get codes right and better promote them to journalists through professional bodies, institutes of training, unions and legal and staff handbooks, we might create collective cultural change. The key areas for British news media is the IPSO code is “harassment” and for Ofcom is “fairness”. As the government have recently published a white paper relating to “Online Harms” (February, 2020) which recommends Ofcom has additional powers to tackle social, commercial and criminal abuses which, for example, lead to trolling, change to the latter is pressing. There is little chance of stemming abuse on social media without also tackling the mainstream press. At present, both IPSO and Ofcom address persistent pursuit as harassment or “unfair” newsgathering practices. Neither directly address abuse through persistent publication, and in this session, I will discuss the changes we need.
This presentation will analyse how various media platforms impact our perception of mental health and influence debates around inequalities.
This session will consist of two parts. In the first section Simon will give a brief summary of the British Psychological Society document “Psychology and Media Productions: Guidance for Commissioners and Producers” which was released in June 2019. He will also explain how the media can use the BPS to access psychologists. The second part of the session will be promote a different approach to thinking about mental wellbeing and the media which will take a constructive and emotional perspective.
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The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee's recent report 'Impact of social media and screen use on young people's health' spotlighted the risks children face when engaging with social media. The report makes a number of recommendations as to what can be done to safeguard young people accessing social media, including;
‘Poverty porn’ has become terminology for programming that exhibits some of the most vulnerable people and communities in a voyeuristic style, designed to perpetuate stereotypes of ‘scroungers’ and ‘skivers’ – furthering the political narrative against welfare claimants and social security.
The impact this stigmatisation has on the mental wellbeing of individuals and communities that identify into these social groups - or as the programming labels them, not part of the ‘hard working majority’ – is negative, denigrating and in some case, resultant in self-harm; even suicide. In researching the lived experience of poverty and welfare reform, Ruth Patrick has explored the extent of the mismatch between the popular imaging of welfare and everyday realities.
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