Mind The Gap

Thursday 7th July 2016, 11:00am - 12:15pm BST

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In considering the ‘gap’ between mindful, calm behaviours amongst children and their rapid-fire media consumption, the panel will look at how young people’s lives have altered with rapid technological change and debate just how effective mindfulness and other ‘slow-down’ methods might be to children’s wellbeing while also considering the challenges to mindfulness put forward by some opponents.

Do we just need to ‘get with the times’ or should we chill out – and how does media consumption reflect that? Using a research perspective, the panel will consider whether programme content, pace and style of production needs to accommodate or provide contrast to kids’ increasingly chaotic and frenetic lives.

Is mindfulness yet another money-making scheme that may, in the end, be too introspective and damaging for young people? What are the educational benefits? Does mindfulness and yoga prepare kids for the ‘real world’ or protect them from it? Where does their relationship to media outlets and the content they love sit in that world-picture? Are there examples of successful adoption of the principles by content providers? And how much of that do we need?