Researcher of the Month: Dr Larisa McLoughlin Discusses Cyberbullying and Social Connectedness

Our researcher of the month, Dr Larisa McLoughlin, talks to Dr Weston about her recent paper which examines whether or not social connectedness is a protective factor against cyberbullying’s negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. They chat about what social connectedness really is, the best ways to approach conversations about cyberbullying with young people and how schools can support strong social bonds.

A Quick Guide to Sexting (and Relevant Tooled Up Resources)

Sexting refers to the consensual or non-consensual sharing of nude or semi-nude images or videos and it’s illegal for people under the age of 18. We’ve put together a quick guide, covering key things you need to know and where you can find more advice and information in the Tooled Up library.

Researchers of the Month: Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone Discuss #SponsoredAds and the Impact of Influencers on Children

Our Researchers of the Month, Dr Miriam Rahali and Professor Sonia Livingstone, talk to Dr Weston about their recent report, which examines the impact of influencer culture and embedded marketing on children. Given that 95% of YouTube videos aimed at children aged 8 and under contain advertising, and that 97% of 5-15 year olds use video-sharing platforms (with 57% spending 2.5 hours per day watching), they address the non-traditional marketing opportunities open to influencers and the impact they can have, before turning to recommendations and advice.

Social Media and Body Image with Professor Tracey Wade

This webinar with Professor Tracey Wade examines the links between social media, low body image and disordered eating behaviours. You’ll find a discussion of eating disorders post-pandemic, learn why cultivating positive body image is so crucial and find out more about where brand new research is showing that social media fits in to the bigger picture.

Refuge and Risk: Vulnerable Children Online with Dr Aiman El Asam

Join forensic psychologist, Dr Aiman El Asam, and Dr Weston in an exploration of online risks for vulnerable children. Children with existing vulnerabilities are more at risk online and Dr El Asam examines the types of risks that they encounter and talks about how to reduce and mitigate some of these.

Internet Safety Conversation Starters

Internet Safety Day is coming up on February 8th. It’s a good reminder that one of the best things we can do to help young people to enjoy the online world safely is to talk to them about it. These 50 simple prompts can be used in everyday chat to open up conversations about critical thinking, fact-checking, behaviour and safety online.

Online Safety: Using Parental Controls

Once your child has a phone, or access to the internet, it’s impossible to shield them entirely from potentially viewing, or being sent, inappropriate content. However, there are many tools available which can help to filter or block things that are adult or distressing. As parents, it’s important for us to familiarise ourselves with the settings on any devices in our homes and make use of parental controls.