Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs
- 26 November 2019
- 10:00 - 16:25
- Manchester Conference Centre
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:
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;
This keynote address will set out the legislative path to establishing a legal duty of care to users of social media.
Professor Lorna Woods and William Perrin 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:
Freedom of interference from regulators has been one of the foundation stones of online activity. However, the unprecedented pace of growth - particularly of social media - has created an online environment where, according to research conducted by Ofcom and the International Commissioner's Office, four out of every five adult internet users have safety concerns about going online.
Ofcom does not believe transposing traditional broadcasting regulation to the online space is the right move; as the volume of content, partisan nature of the online experience and 24/7 accessibility present new challenges for regulators. This keynote will address:
This presentation will analyse how various media platforms impact our perception of mental health and influence debates around inequalities.
‘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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The British press has a robust relationship with mental health wellbeing. The manner in which MH has been portrayed is changing - but is the press' approach to safeguarding MH on the same journey?
The Telegraph championed the Duty of Care campaign to lobby for stronger regulation of social media to protect young people from harmful online influences; calling for flexible, future-proof legislation that cannot be overtaken by events - as is the nature of social media - with legal action enforceable against non-compliant companies by a government-backed regulator.
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The pervasive presence of 24/7 news coverage sensationalising negative information and inundating consumers with war, terrorism, cultural tensions, poverty and global political uncertainty creates a sense of individual anxiety and personal vulnerability. Is the decline of local news outlets excluding communities from issues that they can engage with? Does 24/7 global news culture compound isolation and the feeling of vulnerability? As the shortage of operational local news outlets drives people towards unreliable, non-localised media and unregulated sources of information on the internet.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service is a BBC-funded public service news agency that has allocated 144 reporters to local media organisations in England, Scotland and Wales in order to provide impartial coverage of the regular business and workings of councils, mayoralties, combined authority areas and other local democratic institutions.
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