UCC CPD courses

Critical Conversations: Social Media and Young People


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This one-day seminar has been developed specifically for youth workers and anyone who works with young people.  The following topics will be explored and discussed:

  • The phenomenon of social media;
  • Social media in the lives of young people: its potential and challenges
  • Ethical and policy considerations in the area of social media for youth workers and others who work with young people

These three topics will be facilitated by

Dr. Debbie Ging:

Dr. Debbie Ging is an Associate Professor in the School of Communications at Dublin City University (DCU). She teaches Media Studies, Film Studies and Television Drama (with a focus on gender and sexuality). Her current research is concerned with articulations of gender on social media, and addresses issues such as cyberbullying, online misogyny, men's rights politics, eating disorders and the sexualisation of children

Kathy O'Hare:

Kathy O’Hare is a radio documentary maker, researcher and youth worker.  Kathy currently works as a researcher on the Social Policy Education: Enhancing Digital Skills (SPEEDS) project (2017-2019), which seeks to transforming personal and professional digital capacities in Social Policy teaching and learning contexts in UCC and other Irish Universities and Colleges

Fergal Harrington:

Fergal Harrington worked as a specialist classroom teacher for digital technology, with a focus around digital practice and policy in secondary schools. He is presently in his third year of a PhD into the philosophy of collaboration in Education, and works part-time for the Instruction Design Unit in UCC.


There are no entry requirements for this course, but it is aimed at youth workers or anyone working with children/young people (social workers, social care workers, teachers etc.) and so former knowledge of working with children in these settings is assumed.

Fees and Costs

€50 per person

How Do I Apply

Applications are not currently open for registration. 

If you wish to be added to a mailing list for this course please email cpd@ucc.ie and state the course code. 


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