Momentum [educate + innovate], together with Roscommon Learning Network and Roscommon Children and Young People’s Services Committee, will be hosting an event with the theme of Healthy Social Media and responsible online behaviours. This Erasmus + multiplier event is free and it will take place in the offices of Roscommon Leader Partnership, Golf Links Road, Roscommon on February 5th 2019.

If you are a teacher, youth worker, social worker, parent or a person working with and supporting young people in the field of education and in the community, this event is for you On the day you will hear from speakers with close connections to the subject of responsible behaviour on social networks. Our own Grace Roche will launch a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, designed by Momentum,  to significantly improve the ability of young people to critically assess and engage with the digital and social media they are consuming and creating in a way that favours their empowerment and active citizenship.

Among the speakers, Denis Naughten, TD Roscommon and Galway Constituency and Luke Culhane, the teenager founder of #Createnohate stand out thanks to their personal experiences with social media and the audience will have a chance to gain powerful insights from their speeches.

For TD Denis Naughten, the connection between the digital world and mental health is one that he is concerned with particularly as a father of four young children. His main worry is that, as his children inevitably become digital citizens, they might be at risk to be bullied and harassed, thanks to the cover that anonymity and distance offer to individuals with less than positive intentions.   

Luke Culhane, a Limerick teenager, has personally experienced cyberbullying and decided to stand up against it by creating a video for  Safer Internet Day 2016. The video has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube and has led to Luke founding www.createnohate.ie. In 2016, Luke was named Limerick person of the year and also ‘L’enfant de l’année 2016’ (child of the year for 2016) by Mon Quotidien, a French daily newspaper for young people.

Also speaking at the event will be Martina Earley (CEO Roscommon LEADER Partnership),  Dolores McSharry (Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board and Roscommon Local Learning Network), Caroline Duignan (Roscommon CYPSC,  Roscommon Internet Safety Programme) and  project manager Grace Roche of Momentum educate + innovate).

The conference brings together the work of Healthy Social Media,  a  two year, pan European and cross-sectoral project working in Ireland, Spain, UK, Belgium and Slovenia and is funded through the Erasmus+ programme. The main focus of the project is addressing the potential negative impacts of online behaviours that can erode young people’s confidence, damage interpersonal relations, encourage the search for aesthetic perfection or over-sharing of personal information, along with the increased possibility of radicalization. All these possible threats pose serious risks to the development of positive, confident, active young citizens.

There are still a few places available, which you can book on Eventbrite, or by calling us on 071 9623500.  More information is available on the project website – www.healthysocialmedia.eu

On the day, lunch will be provided by The GROW Truck, whose tagline is The Comfort Wholefood Company. This is a young business based in Roscommon and they produce delicious and healthy plant-based recipes.