Internet and social media addiction: Helping young people to negotiate their technology use


28th February

Nottingham Conference Centre


Dr Daria Kuss
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University


February 28, 2018 - 10:00 am


February 28, 2018 - 3:45 pm


Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU   View map

The Internet and social media now impact almost every aspect of people’s lives, and have altered social interactions and ways of being. Many young people use the Internet and social media problematically, with the potential of developing symptoms traditionally associated with addiction.

Despite this desperation to use the Internet and social media, a recent study showed that the more time young people spend on social media, the less happy they feel about everything except their friendships. More specifically, they felt less happy about school and school work, their appearance, their family, and life in general. It appears that girls are more affected than boys.

At its most dangerous, social media is a contributory factor in self harm, coercion by gangs, and child sexual exploitation. More commonly, social media is a significant contributor to poor sleep and concentration leading to poor school performance, bullying, anxiety about appearance and relationships, and normalisation of sexting and pornography.

With an estimated  75% of 10-12 year olds having social media accounts, and over half of 3-4 year olds using a tablet regularly, concern must now focus on the likely impact on the wellbeing of children.

For professionals who work with young people, it is important to understand how young people use the Internet and social media, why it can be addictive, the psychological and emotional effects of this, and what sort of prevention and intervention measures are likely to work to limit the negative aspects of technology use, including the Internet in general, gaming, social media, and the use of smartphones.

There is clear evidence to link excessive technology use with a range of serious consequences.

This learning day, facilitated by Dr Daria Kuss, aims to enable professionals who work with children and young people to:

  • Understand how technologies can become addictive, and what this means
  • Be aware of the psychological, emotional and wellbeing risks related to technology addiction, and the research evidence on harm
  • Review trends in technology use, including gaming, social media and smartphones – which apps are young people using? Can we say which are more harmful?
  • Look at prevention and intervention measures which can minimise harm from technology use, and increase resilience to risks

Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction

10.10 – 11.15

Internet and gaming addiction

11.15 – 11.40

Coffee break

11.40 – 12.20

Internet and gaming addiction

12.20 – 1.00


1.00 – 2.30

Social media and smart phone addiction

2.30 – 2.45

Quick break – collect tea and biscuits!

2.45 – 3.45

Insights from treatment




This learning day will be facilitated by Dr Daria Kuss, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Daria is a UK expert in the psychological aspects of internet/technology use and her research is particularly focussed on the understanding and treatment of addictive online behaviours.

Delegate fee:

 £130 + VAT = £156

*Team of 3 (3rd person attends for half price) £325 + VAT = £390

*Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £520 + VAT = £624

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.


Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 7th February 2018 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.



Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

  • Teachers, pastoral care staff and school nurses – primary and secondary school
  • Educational psychologists and welfare advisers
  • Children missing education
  • Children’s charities
  • Youth Workers
  • Sure Start and professionals who work with pre-school children
  • Pastoral care staff at further education colleges and universities
  • Organisations which tackle bullying and self harm
  • Professionals working with children at risk of gang association or CSE
  • Youth justice workers
  • Restorative justice practitioners
  • Children and young people’s mental health services
  • Police
  • Children’s social workers
  • Family support workers
  • Adoption and fostering professionals
  • Professionals at residential children’s homes

The learning day will take place at Nottingham Conference Centre in the heart of Nottingham city.

The full address is:

Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street

Link to Nottingham Conference Centre website directions and map –

Car parking – the nearest car park is Q Park on Stanley Street, just off Talbot Street. Delegates can obtain a discounted rate by paying for the parking at Nottingham Conference Centre.

Rail – the venue is a 10 – 15 minute walk from Nottingham rail station.

However, the tram (which runs from the rail station) takes 5 minutes and stops outside the Nottingham Conference Centre (it’s the Royal Centre stop). The trams run continually and frequently, but you can check out more detail by clicking here –


There is a Premier Inn two minutes from the Nottingham Conference Centre;

The Premier Inn

Nottingham City Centre

Goldsmith Street


T: 0871 527 8846

The hotel car park is a short distance away and carries a small charge.

In addition, the venue has produced a list of other hotels with which it has special deals