Our Self Harm Organisation Supports Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’ focussing on creating a safer online world for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

It is now estimated that over a billion people use Facebook across the globe with other social media sites such as Twitter and You Tube (and many more) now playing a major part in most of our everyday lives.

Harmless believes that when it comes to social networking, we worry about limiting freedom of speech but when it comes to self harm and suicide we know that the internet is a risk factor and that our young people are at times exposed to harmful web content. Therefore, action needs to be taken to create a safer online experience for children and young people.

If you’d like to know more about self harm and the internet then join us at our workshop:

Cyber-Bullying: The Challenge Facing the Next Generation: How can we preserve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our future?

Thursday 13th March: 9:30am-1pm

The training aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing the next generation. It will explore cyber-bullying from the perspective of a young person and the potentially dangerous consequences that social media can have on those who access it, their mental health and emotional well-being.

For more information and to book a place on the workshop, please visit our online store by clicking here. Or email training@harmless.org.uk.

 

 

Young people influence self harm research project

Tonight Harmless chaired an advisory group of young people who have been brought together for the Listen Up! Project. This is a research project that will be looking at self harm in looked after young people.

The research project is funded by the Department of Health and headed by Nottingham University.

Prioritising the needs and perspectives of young people with direct experience, the project is encouraging the advisory group to focus their questioning and to place survivor experiences truly at the heart of the project.

Tonight the advisory group made some significant progress in defining the perspectives of the project, from developing a logo and branding that will engage with young people, through to what questions about self harm it is relevant for us to be asking.

We look forward to making further progress and for genuinely facilitating young people that have self harmed to ‘have their say!’

To find out more about the project click here