Ask the Expert ‘Screen Time & Mental Health – Balancing the positive with the negative’


Event type Teacher Exclusive Event

FREE Online via Zoom webinar
4.00pm - 5.15pm
Limited numbers

Dr. Max Davie

This FREE online event is exclusively for Teachers, and offers insights into the latest evidence-base, together with practical advice to help you help your pupils. It is the first in a series of free sessions exclusively for Teachers, and is an exciting new partnership between ACAMH and Coram Life Education (CLE). Sign up to this free event at this link or on the Book Now button at the top of the screen, please note this event is for Teachers only, places are limited.

About the event

For young people the internet is an integral part of life and learning. Screen time is a topic that excites considerable debate, both in the media and among families and professionals. But much of this debate lacks a connection to or appreciation of the evidence base regarding the mental health impacts of screen time. This session will cut through the moral panic and use the evidence-base to help you help your students.

This inaugural event will feature a talk with one of the UK’s leading paediatricians Dr. Max Davie, on ‘Screen Time & Mental Health – Balancing the positive with the negative’. Dr. Davie is the author of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health screen time guidance, and offers an evidence-based, and practical guide, to what problematic screen use is, and what can be done about it.

Dr. Davie will also be answering your questions in a session facilitated by leading education professional Professor Barry Carpenter. Barry is the UK’s first Chair of Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University.

Key Takeaways 

  • Find out about the latest evidence-base, with a balanced understanding of the positive and negative impacts screen time can have on mental health.
  • Discover a practical guide to identify what problematic screen use actually is, and what can be done.
  • Tips, advice, and recommendations on the actions you can take to assist young people.


Sign up to this free event at this link or on the Book Now button at the top of the screen and complete the form that follows. You’ll then receive an email confirmation and a link to the webinar, plus we’ll send you a calendar reminder nearer the time. ACAMH Members attending will be eligible for an electronic CPD certificate. Non-members can opt to receive an electronic CPD certificate for just £5, simply select this option at point of booking.

Free resources

To get the most from the session we suggest the following resources;

Screen time, social media and developing brains: a cause for good or corrupting young minds? CAMH Editorial: Volume 24, Issue 3, September 2019

Coram Life Education

About the Speakers

Dr. Max Davie
Dr. Max Davie

Dr. Max Davie is a consultant community paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Evelina London Community services. He has a special clinical interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in school-age children. He is Officer for Health Improvement at the RCPCH, and trustee and founder of the charity ADHD UK.

Barry Carpenter
Professor Barry Carpenter

Professor Barry Carpenter has been appointed to the ACAMH Board with special responsibility for disseminating our work to schools, teachers, and others involved in the education of children and young people. Barry is the UK’s first Chair of Mental Health in Education, at Oxford Brookes University

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Headteacher, Principal, Academic Director, Chief Executive, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’

Full bio on ACAMH Board page


Coram Life Education

Coram Life Education is the leading provider of relationships, health, wellbeing, and drugs education to almost half a million children across the UK, delivered under the strapline ‘Helping Children Make Healthy Choices’. Trained Educators use evidence-based, interactive, creative methods and resources to stimulate curiosity and imagination amongst children in 1 in 10 English and Scottish primary schools (2,041 schools).

Our memorable life skills sessions are currently delivered as ‘Life Base’ in school or as ‘SCARF Live Online’ sessions via Zoom. Coram Life Education takes a three strand approach addressing children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, and programmes are aligned with the National Curriculum (Citizenship, PSHE Education), covering all Key Stages. Coram Life Education helps schools meet their statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education, children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development, and Ofsted inspection criteria for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Coram Life Education’s programmes are also aligned with Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. Recognising the role of the community and home life in influencing children’s choices, we design our programme with schools and deliver special sessions and assemblies for parents and carers to amplify our effectiveness.