Building digital resilience

YoungMinds is calling for a new approach to ensure that the online world does not damage young people’s mental health.

Resilience for the Digital World’ is the report produced by YoungMinds and research and consultation company Ecorys calling for more focus to given to building young people’s digital resilience.

Digital resilience is defined as  the ability for young people to respond positively and deal with risks they encounter online – rather than focusing solely on protecting them from risky content.

The report, which consists of an Evidence Review and a Positioning Paper, recommends:

  • Every school should think through and take action on how they help children develop digital resilience and embed this in their Ofsted-inspected E-safety curriculum.
  • Young people should have engaging, accessible and age-appropriate information about mental health on the sites and apps that they use, so they can help themselves and each other if they are struggling.
  • Industry needs to take on their responsibilities to support young people who may be struggling with the effects of social media addiction – for example, by providing pop-ups signposting to resources and support.
  • Teachers, social workers and professionals working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services should be skilled up to understand young people’s experience of the online world and how to help them to build their digital resilience.
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