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Is social media actually bad for adolescent mental health?

16 February 2022 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
online webinar
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This webinar unpacks the complex relationship between social media use and adolescent mental health.

Social media has long been blamed for causing a crisis in adolescent mental health. But this is an oversimplification, and the scientific evidence indicates a far more nuanced picture of this relationship. 

This webinar aims to provide clarity on this topic, covering the latest findings from psychological research.

The webinar is relevant for anyone working with adolescents, particularly in educational and clinical settings, and will provide attendees with a more accurate – and more hopeful – understanding of the role social media plays in young people’s lives.

Target audience

Anyone interested in the lives of adolescents will benefit from the improved understanding offered in this webinar.

The learning is targeted at professionals across career stages who work with adolescents (approximately 10-24 years old). No prerequisites of knowledge or experience are required.

This webinar will be recorded and made available as a recording for everyone who registers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of the latest research into the effects of social media on adolescent mental health.
  2. They will learn about the different ways in which social media can potentially cause harm, from social comparison with others to viewing images of self-harm.
  3. They will learn the importance of the individual: different adolescents do different things on social media, and not all adolescents are affected by social media in the same way.
  4. Attendees will learn the importance of considering what is happening in the ‘outside world’: 99% of cyberbullying victims, for example, are also being bullied at school.
  5. They will learn about the neglected positive effects of social media. From identity exploration to having fun with friends, social media can also sometimes be very good for adolescent mental health.

Presenter: Dr Lucy Foulkes

I am an academic psychologist, working as an honorary lecturer at University College London (UCL) and a senior research fellow at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. I am the author of Losing Our Minds: What Mental Illness Is – And Isn’t (Penguin Random House, 2021).

I have an extensive track record of public science communication. I have discussed mental health research on television (e.g. BBC’s Child of Our Time), radio (e.g. BBC’s Start the Week) and podcasts (e.g. MQ’s Open Mind). I regularly give public talks and workshops to schools, charities, and national and international organisations (e.g. Citibank, Spectris). As part of my academic role, I give expert talks at universities and academic conferences, and run seminars and workshops with undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Start: 14:00

Finish: 16:00

Non-members £96.00 (£80.00 + VAT)
Society member

£58.20 (£48.50 + VAT)

Please note:
1. Online bookings will close at 14:00 on 16 February 2022.

2. A Zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to everyone registered on the webinar day.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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