York Festival of Ideas at The Mount

June 16, 2019 - June 16, 2019


The Mount School York celebrates the 2019 York Festival of Ideas with a panel discussion on social media and today’s youth.

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Social Media and Today’s Teenagers will invite experts to examine the emerging landscape of social media and what is needed to help young people “win” in an ever-changing environment. The panel of compelling speakers include author Kim McCabe, the NSPCC’s Helen Westerman, social anthropologist and award-winning author Ruth Finnegan, as well as digital media research expert Jay Owens and Susan Kane, Head of People and Organisational Development at the University of York.

Today’s teenagers are simultaneously liberated and hamstrung by social media’s impact on their lives. Endless posting, editing and liking others’ posts celebrates life’s moments while absorbing time, energy and cerebral power. The multiplicative consequences of a viral post can be blissful in praise, devastating in criticism and fatal in bullying.

News consumers are less discerning of news sources, and mainstream media “cater to the echo chamber”, creating an environment with a low threshold for standards of proof or tolerance of nuance. Fairly or unfairly, a millennial’s digital footprint dictates how prospective employers view them as a potential candidate.

This thought-provoking discussion will be of interest to any adult who has a teenager in their life and wants to better understand the challenges faced by this generation.

Attendance is free of charge, but for safeguarding reasons all attendees are asked to reserve their seats in advance. Tickets can be ordered from Eventbrite.  Parking for this event is available in The Mount’s car parks off Driffield Terrace.

Join us beforehand for a Coffee&Croissants in aid of the NSPCC.

Tickets are £7 per person for gourmet coffee and tea and delicious home-made pastries lovingly crafted by The Mount’s award-winning caterers. Proceeds will be donated to the NSPCC. Coffee&Croissants begins at 9.30am. Click here to order your tickets via Eventbrite.