Free Webinar Offers Expert Help To Parents Of ‘Sleepy Teens’ In Perth & Kinross

Parents Supporting Parents, the Scottish charity founded in Auchterarder to help families in Perth & Kinross support their children’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing, is running a free online webinar on Tuesday 6 July discussing the impact of social media use on teenagers’ sleep.

Starting at 6.30pm, senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the University in Glasgow, Dr Heather Cleland Woods, will be presenting on this important topic, drawing from years of research on the relationship between young people’s social media use and its impact on social connectedness and health. Dr Woods will be speaking about her highly regarded #sleepyteens project which has contributed to UK Government reports on screen time and the health of young people.

The webinar is open to all parents and carers of children aged 11yrs+ in Perth & Kinross. Teens and pre-teens are renowned for wanting to stay up late and sleep in late. This webinar aims to explain what is behind this behaviour and how parents can better understand their children, as well as offer the opportunity to ask questions of Dr Woods regarding her research.

The webinar will also provide an opportunity to get involved in Dr Woods’ current study which explores the effect of social media on sleep and if this changes according to age and gender, the results of which will be shared at a later date.

Laura Kelly, Development Officer at Parents Supporting Parents, said: “We really listened to the concerns that parents and carers shared with us through our feedback surveys. Sleep, Social Media & technology use were high up on their list of areas they wanted to learn more about. The relationship between children and social media has long been a concern and will increasingly be so, particularly as so much of our lives are now organised through our smart phones. The aim of this webinar is to provide parents and carers with evidence-based information regarding teenagers and their use of social media and how this can impact their sleep quality. It will also provide a platform to ask questions of Dr Woods. We hope this session will help parents to make better, informed choices with regards to their families’ mental and social health and wellbeing.”

To sign up to the event via Eventbrite, please visit: www.parentssupportingparents.co.uk/our-events