Social Media and Children: Challenges for Professionals


To register your interest for 2018, please email

This event has been accredited by the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW)

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Course Code: CPD1607

Course Title: Social Media and Children: Challenges for Professionals

Social Media and Children: Challenges for Professionals

Duration: 5 hours


  • Monday, 14th August 2017

Qualifications: Cert of Attendance

NFQ Level: N/A

Costs: €70

Closing Date: 10th August 2017

Next Intake: Summer 2018


This one-day event is aimed at social workers, psychologists, youth workers, club leaders, sports coaches or any other professionals working with children.

Topics covered will include: 

Introduction to Social Media (e.g. social networking sites, social messaging apps, video streaming sites)

  • What is popular among Irish children
  • What are the challenges for organisations/professionals (e.g. online pressures, sexting, happy-slapping, snapchat streaks, mental health issues, screen-time)
  • How can organisations/professionals discuss safe use of social media with children
  • Resources for use with children


Introduction to Cyber-bullying

  • Forms of Cyber-bullying currently experienced by Irish children (e.g. fraping, outing, sub-tweeting)
  • The role of the bystander
  • How to identify cyber-bullying
  • How to deal with cyber-bullying cases


Legal Aspects & Acceptable Use Policies/Anti-Bullying Policies

  • Irish law regarding online activities
  • Organisation Policies (e.g. AUP, Anti-Bullying, Code of Behaviour)
  • Additional aspects that should be incorporated & implementation of policies


Question & Answer Session


This event has been accredited by the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW)

Course Details

This CPD offering currently has the following date available for registrations:

  • Monday, 14th August 2017 (Registration Closing Thursday 10th August)

Registrations will include lunch.



To register your interest for 2018, please email

Who Teaches This Course

MGMS Training was founded by Dr. Maureen Griffin B.A. M.A. Ph.D., a forensic psychologist. Maureen specialised in the area of online offending and recognised the need for education/training for children and those responsible for their care and protection. 

Since its foundation in 2010, Maureen has visited over 600 primary and secondary schools across Ireland; worked with organisations responsible for the care and protection of children; provided training in relation to online offending behaviours for those working with offenders and delivered lectures on Forensic Psychology and Criminal Behaviour Courses in Universities across Ireland.         


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Further Contact Information

For further information in relation to this CPD offering, please contact the Centre for CPD, UCC.


Phone: 021 490 2872 / 021 490 2065

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E: Prof. John McCarthy

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