UCC CPD courses

Social Media and Students: Challenges for Teachers


Fact File

  • Title

    Social Media and Students: Challenges for Teachers

  • Code


  • College

    Centre for Continuing Professional Development

  • Duration

    5 hours Registration at 9:30am Workshop starts at 10:00am Finishes at 4:00pm Includes Break for lunch

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    2018 - €70-€85 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Aimed at teachers, principals, deputy principals, special needs assistants. See Requirements for full details.


This one-day event is aimed at teachers (primary and secondary school level), principals, deputy principals, special needs assistants.

Topics covered will include: 

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

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


Introduction to Cyber-bullying

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


Legal Aspects & Acceptable Use Policies/Anti-Bullying Policies

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

Question & Answer Session

Registrations will include lunch.


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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Why Choose

Feedback from participants on the 2017 workshop: 

 ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the content, delivery and information; Dr. Griffin is obviously at the coalface of current practice'

‘I found the whole day absolutely superb, I learned a huge amount’

‘highlighted current trends affecting young people and information regarding the apps used by teenagers’



Aimed at teachers, principals, deputy principals, special needs assistants.

Fees and Costs

2019 Fees to be confirmed

Includes lunch and refreshments on arrival.

How Do I Apply

Applications are currently closed.  Email cpd@ucc.ie to be added to our mailing list, or follow us on Facebook for updates: @UCCCPD

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