Roscommon marks Safer Internet Day with powerful conference on Healthy Social Media
Friday, 18th January 2019, Roscommon, Ireland
Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, together with Momentum Educate + Innovate, have announced details of an event with the theme Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. Aimed at teachers, youth workers, social workers, parents and people working with and supporting young people in the field of education and in the community, the event in Roscommon will hear from speakers with close connections to the subject of responsible behaviour on social networks.
This event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019. Notably, this conference is a multiplier event, during which Grace Roche, European Project Specialist at Momentum educate + innovate, will launch a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, designed to significantly improve the ability of young people to critically assess and engage with the digital and social media they are consuming and creating in a way that favours their empowerment and active citizenship.
Among the speakers, Denis Naughten, TD Roscommon and Galway Constituency and Luke Culhane, the teenager founder of #Createnohate stand out thanks to their personal experiences with social media and the audience will have a chance to gain powerful insights from their speeches.
For TD Denis Naughten, the connection between the digital world and mental health is one that he is concerned with particularly as a father of four young children. His main worry is that, as his children inevitably become digital citizens, they might be at risk to be bullied and harassed, thanks to the cover that anonymity and distance offer to individuals with less than positive intentions.
Luke Culhane, a Limerick teenager, has personally experienced cyberbullying and decided to stand up against it by creating a video for Safer Internet Day 2016. The video has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and has led to Luke founding www.createnohate.ie. In 2016, Luke was named Limerick person of the year and also ‘L’enfant de l’année 2016’ (child of the year for 2016) by Mon Quotidien, a French daily newspaper for young people.
Also speaking at the event will be Martina Earley (CEO Roscommon LEADER Partnership), Dolores McSharry (Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board and Roscommon Local Learning Network), Caroline Duignan (Roscommon CYPSC, Roscommon Internet Safety Programme) and project manager Grace Roche of Momentum educate + innovate).
The conference brings together the work of Healthy Social Media, a two year, pan European and cross-sectoral project working in Ireland, Spain, UK, Belgium and Slovenia and is funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The main focus of the project is addressing the potential negative impacts of online behaviours than can erode young people’s confidence, damage interpersonal relations, encourage the search for aesthetic perfection or over-sharing of personal information, along with the increased possibility of radicalization. All these possible threats pose serious risks to the development of positive, confident, active young citizens.
Places are limited and can be booked on Eventbrite or contact the event organisers on 071 9623500. More information is available on the project website is www.healthysocialmedia.eu
The Eventbrite link to book your place is: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/promoting-healthy-social-media-tickets-55073037939