The Castle Conference

The Digital Wellbeing for Young People Castle Conference, held in September, has concluded with brilliant feedback, leaving participants inspired and our academics set to explore the topic of Digital Wellbeing among young people with creation of a white paper.

This groundbreaking event brought together a diverse group of thought leaders, educators, and experts in the field of digital wellbeing to address the pressing issues facing young people in the digital age. The conference featured an array of insightful speakers and attracted a significant number of delegates, resulting in a highly impactful and informative day.

Key Highlights of the Digital Wellbeing for Young People Conference:

Inspirational Speakers: The conference featured a lineup of speakers who are at the forefront of the digital wellbeing in academia and front-line support. Notable speakers included Professor Peter Kawalek from Loughborough University and Luisa Fassi from the University of Cambridge who shared their insights and research findings on social media and mental health sparking engaging discussions and providing invaluable guidance for the next steps.

Prof. Peter Kawalek, Loughborough University – Director of the Centre for Information Management: A crisis but not of their making

Luisa Fassi MSc, PhD researcher, University of Cambridge, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Department of Psychiatry: Social Media & Mental Health – What we know and don’t know

Networking Opportunities: The conference provided a platform for delegates to connect with like-minded individuals, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships with experts and peers in the field.

‘An amazing day where I have made some fantastic contacts to liaise with our children.  I did not know some of the agencies existed until now.  Would love some input from Digital Safety to our children moving forward’. Fiona Corner – Peartree Projects

Impactful Discussions: Panel discussions and Q&A sessions fostered meaningful conversations about the challenges and opportunities of promoting digital wellness among youth. Delegates had the chance to pose questions to the experts, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of the topics.

What is the future for Digital Wellbeing?

Matthew Smith – If U Care Share, Adam Bolas – Digital Woof, Luisa Fassi – University of Cambridge and Peter Kawalek – Loughborough University

Digital Wellbeing
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The DS-CIC is committed to supporting community centres and groups to protect digitally vulnerable residents though education. We can provide materials and training to help support community leaders distribute this knowledge.
Digital platforms have now become the new norm for many everyday activities and although this has enhanced access for many, for others less fortunate it has created even greater isolation and risk.

The use of disparate, often insecure personal devices and the rapid enforced shift to this new way of completing everyday tasks has exponentially increased cyber criminality, harm, neglect, and abuse from grooming and online scams. We can help with knowledge and materials to reduce the risk of the digitally vulnerable in our communities.

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