Conference presentations from Dr Pooky and Jo Bradley are below

A HeadStart Kernow Conference – Digital Resilience and Wellbeing in Young People – FREE TO ATTEND

A HeadStart Kernow Conference – Digital Resilience and Wellbeing in Young People – FREE TO ATTEND

28th March 2024

09:00 to 15:30, St Austell Conference Centre Business Park, Saint Austell, PL25 4FD BOOK HERE  and go to the Training and Events tab.

This conference is hosted by the Headstart Digital Resilience Team. It is suitable for anyone who supports young people in a professional capacity and is concerned about the risks young people face online. Our motto is 'Don't Panic', so this conference isn't about giving you more things to worry about! Instead, it will help you identify and respond to online risk, recognise 'digital ghost stories' and learn about how you can support young people to do the same.  The Headstart Digital Resilience project developed out of a concern from young people that the adults in their lives were not able to support them to manage the risks they faced online, which left young people feeling that they could not talk to adults. The multi-disciplinary team therefore developed the Digital Resilience Tool, which supports adults to assess risk in young people. The tool was also adapted for use by parents and guidance aimed at professionals supporting neurodiverse or SEND young people will soon be released. In addition to this, there is training to support professionals to use the tool. As part of our ongoing discussions with young people throughout the creation of these resources, they also told us that they wanted a tool of their own to help them work out if something that happened to them online was ok, not ok, or illegal. We have therefore developed the Was That Ok tool, which will be hosted on the Start Now website, and will be launched at this conference.


Speakers include:

Andy Phippen is a Professor of Online Harms at the Bournemouth University. Starting his career in an AI research lab in the 1990s, he has specialised in the use of ICTs in social and ethical contexts and the intersection with legislation for over 20 years, carrying out a large amount of grass roots research on issues such as attitudes toward privacy and data protection, internet safety and contemporary issues such as sexting, peer abuse and the impact of digital technology on wellbeing. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries related to the use of ICTs in society, is widely published in the area and is a frequent media commentator on these issues

Louisa Street was a youth worker for 10 years, before leaving youth work to pursue a PhD in law looking at young people's views on the law and policy around sexting. She has delivered training to volunteers and professionals in subjects including alcohol misuse, homophobic bullying, and working with young people with mental health problems. Louisa also runs a website to help small businesses reduce their impact on the environment.