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.

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.

Snapshot of Snapchat: Food for Thought for Parents

As parents, we can be under frequent pressure to download particular apps. Here are a few things to know and consider if your child wants to download Snapchat, along with a downloadable checklist of things to discuss with them before they do.

Dr Weston Talks with Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig: Social Media Use and Cyberbullying

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Canadian researchers Professor William Pickett and Professor Wendy Craig about their findings linking intense and problematic social media use with cyberbullying, particularly for girls. They discuss the findings of their research and give advice to parents on how to educate children about digital literacy, to lower the risk of being bullied, or bullying, online. They also talk about the impact of COVID-19 on social media habits and sexting.

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Jeffrey DeMarco: Parenting in the Digital Age, Radicalisation and Sexual Exploitation

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Dr Jeffrey DeMarco about how we should engage with our children about the online world. They discuss the importance of teaching skills such as digital literacy, fact-checking and critical thinking, to ensure that children can access the amazing resources on the internet safely. They also talk about online radicalisation and sexual exploitation, and how to protect children against these threats.

Demystifying MOMO

MOMO is a scary looking character that your child could potentially encounter online or hear talked about at school. We help to demystify MOMO and give you tips on how to help your child to stay safe online.

50 Questions to Ask Your Teen about Their Digital Diet

We know that effective communication between parent and child can promote better life satisfaction among young people. By having regular little chats, we invest in our children’s digital resilience and hopefully shape their thinking too! Here is a list of questions you can dip into from time to time to kickstart these important conversations.

Social Media and Mental Health

Parents often worry about the impact of social media on mental health. This video highlights some of the research evidence and hopefully reassures parents, to some extent.

50 Things to Consider if Your Child Uses Social Media

A useful summary of 50 things that parents should be aware of, or reflect on, when it comes to thinking about their child’s use of social media. Read through the list and see if anything resonates. Use it as a platform for those all-important chats with your child.