“It was early in the morning; I could hear everyone in the house start to move and get up. I hated this feeling in the pit of my stomach. I never woke up wanting to go to school like every other child would.
This is a response to the UNCRC general comment on the rights of children and young people in a digital environment. The Committee welcomed relevant research evidence; particularly findings from consultations with children that would contribute to the drafting process. We asked our Youth Board what their thoughts were on these proposals.
In October 2018, we caught up with Amy Orben, a DPHIL candidate and college lecturer for the University of Oxford. Amy's research focuses on the effect of social media on human interaction, well-being and relationship formation. Her interests also include research about online friendship formation, and more complex work examining adolescent well-being, online social environments and polarisation.
The Easter Holidays saw the Supercell Youth Board fly over to Helsinki for a very special few days spent feeding into Supercell’s online safety strategy at their Helsinki HQ. Hannah K, a Supercell Youth Board member, shares her diary from the trip with us.
In December 2017 the government set out its plans to transform children and young people’s mental health provision. We spoke to our National Anti-Bullying Youth Board, a group of young people who represent Anti-Bullying Ambassadors across the UK and Ireland, and shared our response to the proposals.
The Department for Education is exploring the current provision of PSHE and SRE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Sex and Relationship Education) lessons in schools and how these subjects can be improved to adequately equip young people for life in the modern world.
The Diana Award has responded to a new report this week. Children aged 8-12 using social media become increasingly anxious about their online image and over-dependent on likes and comments as they get older. These findings, released this week by the Children’s Commissioner for England, reflect what young people tell us at The Diana Award.