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The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Charlie Roden

Wellbeing podcast: social media

In the third episode of the Optimus wellbeing podcast, Charlie Roden looks at the impact that social media is having on our mental health, and ways to make social media habits healthier.

Last year, the number of active social media users in the UK grew to 45 million. This translates to around 67% of the population. 

According to The Independent, the average Brit checks their phone as much as 28 times a day, whilst The Guardian reports that more than a third of teenagers spend at least three hours a day on social media.

Although social media is clearly now a part of our everyday lives, concerns around its potential impact on our mental health are rising. 

In this episode, we'll be looking at:

  • the negative impact that social media can have on the brain [1:18]
  • how social media is affecting the way children learn in the classroom [3:30]
  • how teachers can change children's attitudes towards social media [6:34]
  • how much social media is too much [10:26]
  • criticism towards teenagers [13:04] 
  • how adults use social media [15:04] and how they can model good practice [17:421
  • The Female Lead [19:58]
  • research around girls and social media [20:53] and how this differs for boys [23:42]
  • the aims of The Female Lead [24:25] and how schools can use this organisation to support their pupils [25:48]. 

Safeguarding Strategies: Online Safety and Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership

Equip your pupils to stay safe online, ensure a robust safeguarding culture and raise awareness of specific vulnerabilities.

This interactive, digital Safeguarding Strategies conference brings a practical focus to online safeguarding. Gain tools to support pupils and their families and ensure a whole school approach.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership - Digital

Audit your school’s provision, identify areas for improvement and embed wellbeing throughout the curriculum.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership conference brings you a programme full of useful strategies and tools to assist your leadership of mental health and wellbeing provision at a time when confident leadership and a supportive offer is vital to both students and staff. 

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Meet our speakers!

Shahana Knight

Connections and relationships are part of what makes us feel like we belong, and sometimes social media can take away from that 

Shahana is a childhood trauma specialist who runs TPC Therapy Ltd, a mental health service for children. 

Shahana is chairing the Wellbeing day of our MENA Inclusion and Wellbeing conference on Wednesday 15 March in Dubai.

Intrested in starting a Female Lead society in your school? By signing up, you'll be given all the content and framework needed to run weekly sessions on subjects from ambition and career, to building confidence and resilience. 

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