Westminster Education Forum

Digitally empowering young people - priorities for improving online literacy, skills, resilience and safety

Morning, Wednesday, 7th November 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the latest thinking on the relationship between young people and digital technology.

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the further steps that can be taken by policymakers, schools and technology providers to empower young people online and develop their digital literacy, resilience and advanced skills, drawing on examples of best practice in using technology in the classroom.

Further sessions will focus on possible next steps for the development of a digital charter, following the Government’s response to its consultation on its Green Paper on Internet Safety Strategy - with a particular focus on the responsibilities of media organisations.

Delegates will also discuss key issues around young people’s use of social media, following the Commissioners’ Life in Likes report which highlighted the adverse effects it can have on 8-12 year old’s mental health and well-being.


Guests of Honour

Victoria Jenkins

Head of Policy, Internet Safety Strategy, DCMS

Emily Keaney

Head of Children’s Research, Ofcom

Guests of Honour

Emily Keaney

Head of Children’s Research, Ofcom

Victoria Jenkins

Head of Policy, Internet Safety Strategy, DCMS

Keynote Speaker

Speaker confirmed from the Children’s Commissioner’s Office


Lord Black of Brentwood

Executive Director, Telegraph Media Group

James Frith MP

Member, House of Commons Education Select Committee


Julian Coles

Digital Media Policy Consultant

Councillor Cyndi Hughes

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Darlington Borough Council

Vicki Shotbolt

Founder and Chief Executive, Parent Zone

Will Gardner

Chief Executive, Childnet International

Marc Goodchild

Head of Digital Content Strategy & Product, Turner EMEA

Sharon Hague

Senior Vice President, Pearson Qualification Services, and Senior Responsible Officer, Pearson

David Wetherall

Senior Child Safety Online Manager, NSPCC

Professor Victor Lally

Professor, Interdisciplinary Learning Education Technology and Society, University of Glasgow