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Author: Catherine Knibbs

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Creating connections through candid conversations about issues in cyberspace. The show will speak with specialists and knowledgeable people in and around the world of cyber based issues. Ranging from e-safety and cybersecurity through to the darker side of the internet, web and electronic devices.
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70 Episodes
Todays episode features Shawn Wells MPH, LDN, RD, CISSN, FISSN and is a humdinging top to toe neuronal frazzle of delight. Which may sound like a fangirling overload, however sometimes there are some people who speak in such an eloquent way that all I can say is this is a must listen/watch for you! Shawn is balanced, critical, and speaks about his journey from the deepest places of what he calls his brokenness to his place of beauty which is a genuine well intentioned place of helping others heal. We talk positivity, finding your purpose, passion and tribe for longevity. We look at health indicators and how to sift through the plethora of information relating to diet and nutrition. Most importantly Shawn reiterates purpose and mindset and how happiness might just be the key to fulfilment and those extra few years on your life! Shawn is a Nutritional Biochemist, Registered Dietician, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Chief Clinical Dietician and Worlds Greatest Formulator, ..basically I think he is a wizard of all things from research to the mitochondria, "now thats what I call science!" (which will be the name of the next episode when I get chance to speak with him in the future) Shawn can be found here: and here He is on Insta and Twitter as the same name so go follow him quick sharp! As costs are rising to host this podcast, I made a decision to open the podcast to sponsorship and advertising, so if you are interested get in touch.
This episode is a fantastic start to 2020 for anyone who still might not know who they are, thinks they have to have all the qualifications and skills by the age of 21 and who may need a reassuring reflection as we head into the new year new you rhetoric. Im joined by Sagar Doshi today and this is a super jam packed top to bottom episode of zippy one line motivational assurances that you are doing just fine as you are, for example Sagar quotes  "where you study or work is not the sum of your life" (I love this by the way) We talk how tests/exams/assessments are carried out to 'measure your output' and how this is often seen as the reflection of the entire picture and how this affects young people and adults and yet course correction and progress are a part of life. Sagar is a product manager at Imbellus who are a games/assessment studio that seeks to measure abstract skills—and ultimately, human potential—using game-based assessments. So this episode travels over technology and human domains and the conversation is packed with the all important discussion of reaching your potential. I loved this episode so much, I have listened back to it (which is unheard of), its that good, IMHO. See you next time I refer to Daniel Kahneman's book "thinking fast and slow" so this is your check in on the show notes for it.  Sagar's work can be found at :
Today i'm joined by Tony Wrighton; he is the presenter of the podcast Zestology (link below), Sky sports presenter, author and fairly new Father to a 9 month old. This is an episode that transitions over a number of subjects and is one about being human, having flaws, attempting to rid ourselves of these parts we don't like. A fascinating set of topics for those of you interested in human beingness, self development, and personal growth.  We talk about Tony's journey into health and wellbeing, which takes us into Emotional Freedom technique (EFT) also known as trapping. Tony talks about his self confessed addictive personality and how this ties in with tech, we look at digital hygiene, morning routines and modelling of behaviours to children (whether they are 9 months old or in their 20's).  We even get into therapy, NLP, relationships and what having a baby does to sleep (and more). We talk red wine and resveratrol, oura rings and spreadsheets for tracking health, quite the jam packed episode! Tony's website and link to his podcast are below is his histamine site that he refers to; so go ahead and get some more energy and vitality from his time and effort, its another good recommendation to top up your knowledge! **For those of you who are body trained/aware or perhaps a therapist see if you can hear the moment that the synchrony of attunement occurs between Tony and I and feel the energy shift, its quite remarkable and very lovely and as always, its about heart not head.
Todays episode is part one of a conversation I'll be coming back to at a later date with my friend Mads Juhl Christensen, whom I met whilst volunteering at the biohackers Summit that took place in September this year in London and was the most awesome beginning of a new health movement thats going to be the way we all (hopefully) turn towards taking a step to a longer, happier and healthier life! SO I asked Mads to come on the podcast as he is a font on knowledge and similarly like my other guests he also has a story to tell about his health journey. We fill this hour with so much information that you'll likely need to go back and listen to it again. I make no apologies for our enthusiasm and occasional tangents around topics.  We talk light and how your cells rely on this at differing times of the day and what this actually does at a cellular level, we talk hormones and the process of support through light in order to carry out this function and why getting outside is probably the best free hack/gift there is on the planet for mental health and wellbeing. Way too much to describe on the show notes, so go ahead and dive in on this subject, theres so much to know that we wil be back to visit this alongside the EMF issues we allude to in the episode Take care and see you soon
Todays episode is aimed at the Christmas season which begins now and beyond. Todays message is based on a podcast episode with Neil from over two years ago; the message still needs to be shared and to create a discussion. What is interesting about this message is it you the listener that we are asking to share and to begin the conversation. Questions such as: Do you really drive safely at all times and do you take phone calls whilst you drive? Listen to Neil and discuss why this is actually an issue and how we are not capable of doing this with the level of concentration that we think we have. (Its neuroscience!!) nCognitive bias on this topic matter si what we address in this episode. Neil reflects "just because you can and its' not 'illegal' doesn't make it safe", so consider whats going on in the cars around you and if the driver, that stranger truly believes that they can multitask and keep other road users safe including you and your family? This may seem like a fact that you are already mentally disputing, I mean not many of us like to think we have flaws and many of us don't want to think our driving may be under par or indeed that we are unable to carry out a task due to a limitation of our brains functioning; surely we are intelligent and what about the fact we have been driving for so long? Listen to Neil and I in this episode and please feed back and share this epsidie to begin this conversation. Let's see this issue as important as Driving Under the Influence. Let's make a difference to our driving and perhaps that will be enough to model the behaviour for another. SMART PEOPLE CAN MAKE SMART CHOICES AND PHONES ARE NOT THAT SMART - UPDATE 3 Dec 19...check this video out and see what you think:.....
Why email security? Why?

Why email security? Why?


Today im joined by Donald Allen a cybersecurity writer, cybersecurity evangelist. This means Donald likes to explain how cybercriminals can exploit, hurt and hack. Donald helps you understand how to create passwords that you can remember, why you need to keep your webcam covered when not in use and why you need to protect your emails as a priority. How criminals socially engineer their emails to phish you and why these are getting much more sophisticated. Why public wifi is an issue and what you need to know about these hotspots! Why if you won or run a business you need to ensure your staff are aware of these issues, How emails work, why you need to know about servers,  Here is Donalds website in case you didn't catch it the show so you can get his book. 
This (and last episode) are the most important interviews I have conducted on Cybersynapse to date.  This is one of the two most important issues I feel passionate about and I needed to interview two of the most prominent figures in this area. There is a discussion about the process of the crime and the victims so please do take appropriate care to look after yourself if this topic is one that you may find difficult or may evoke feelings of shame, disgust, sadness or anger. This interview comes with a caveat again for taking care of yourself as we do discuss the imagery of child sexual abuse and what this will mean for children and young people now and in the future. Fred describes who the Internet Watch Foundation are, what they do and why they are so important. The discussion explores the how images are classified by the organisation and what happens to that image once its identified and the process of getting it removed. We discuss the online harms white paper and why we as a population need to address issues such as this. Fred is very articulate around this discussion and posits that we are moving forward and we need to have clarification around what we all need to "do" to protect children and young people. You can find the IWF here: InHope: 
The title alone may be enough to evoke a feeling of discomfort in you. Some of you may be here because you are curious and some for reasons other than that. This in an information based interview and therefore contains conversations that relate to the title. If you haven't listened to the introduction to Season 3 -Please do so as I explain the format of the first two episodes of this season and the caveat around being cybertraumatisied.  I begin this episode with John Carr,: A Child Online Safety Consultant. We discuss the prevalence of child sexual abuse material online (CSAM) and why as a society we need to be taking as much action as we can to reduce this, educate our parents, professionals and support organisations that deal with this everyday, such as the IWF and INHOPE (Coming next episode!) John takes us through some of his recent blogs (which he does regularly and with passion). We discuss how this material ends up online, how grooming is also related and the online white harms paper and how this can help us understand the duties of care that social media companies can take to assist in reporting and remove much of this material. This is a conversation that can lay dormant and out of our comfort zones no more. John is complimentary about the actions we re taking in the UK in terms of the online harms white paper and age identification plan and how these will assist us in reducing some of these issues/threats and concerns. We didn't get round to talking about Domain Name over HTTPS so please head to Johns blog to see why this is one of a/(my) major worries! Johns blog can be found : And he is on LinkedIn and Twitter EDIT 17 OCT 2019 It was reported in the media on the 18th October 2019 that the Online Identification plan will be scrapped- as you would expect this caused uproar however this is what actually appears in the statement released by Parliament: "The government has concluded that this objective of coherence will be best achieved through our wider online harms proposals and, as a consequence, will not be commencing Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 concerning age verification for online pornography. The Digital Economy Act objectives will therefore be delivered through our proposed online harms regulatory regime. This course of action will give the regulator discretion on the most effective means for companies to meet their duty of care. As currently drafted, the Digital Economy Act does not cover social media platforms. " taken from  This means that there is still much work to be done here and in the meantime the discussion that John and I have about social media, grooming, adult content and yet to be discussed in depth DOH still remain.  Children and Young people will continue to be at risk of seeing this material online and if you would like to know as a parent what to do- head to my youtube channel for the Parents guide to Porn (short video) 
Oh boy . this is going to be the best season so far. The first two episodes I have wanted to bring to you for a long time, however the atmosphere never felt quite right because this is the most uncomfortable of topics. There is a caveat here for you be aware of as the material i episode 1 and 2 relates to children and sexual abuse material online.  It woulds seem I am being asked to speak more on this subject matter and so I felt the time was right to have these conversations. SYNTHESIS of THEORY AND PRACTICE Since beginning this podcast I wanted to synthesise my therapy world with tech and biohacking (functional health) and this seemed haphazard whist I figured out who to talk to and and how to bring them together on the podcast- however during the last year I have been putting theory and practice together as a Functional Psychotherapist outsode of the podcast and voila season 3 will feel more coherent and with actionable tasks and advice for you from the experts ...and there are a number of them to come this next year; helpful tips on Parenting, professional practice and personal hacks just found a way into your ears. I look forward to taking you an an epic journey in season 3!
This episode was absolutely awesome and one I have been waiting to do for some time. The reason being as a gamer this platform takes gaming to the next level and has been my favourite thing to happen (so far) in gaming tech, this passion is also shared by James and Nathan from Chaos Theory VR Arcade (I had to edit this part in the recording as I kept saying therapy not theory- guess theres a clue about what we talk about!) James and Nathan are those kind of people that are uber cool dudes and this tech has brought together a partnership which they are hoping to bring to the masses. Because its incredibly fun, immersive and really does allow even the most basic of players to have a go. You really should have a go as soon as possible! We talk the games, the tech, the advances and the fun. This is such a fab conversation so dive in and have a listen- it wont be long before you'll be putting on a headset and joining me in the podcast environment in VR... I can feel it! You can find James and Nathan at their new shiny website: and on Instagram at : chaostheoryvrarcade For now, enjoy the last of season 2 whilst I get my head back into my PhD and take a small break before starting season 3 with two amazing episodes.
Today's episode is all about Dr Jessica Stones phenomenal thinking about what clients and people might need in terms of a tool or intervention to help them manage an issue through a format that has never existed- until now.. a digital virtual version of depth psychology and psychotherapy.  Not only is this way ahead of the game in terms of platform and practical functionality for people who may be housebound, hospitalised and even incarcerated this is the technology that is making a difference  to those with somatic (body) and sensory issues. This episode goes into so much depth that we had to call time on how engrossed we were and how we hardly gave enough time to the book she edited on tech in therapy; and how this is already needing so many more practitioners expertise as technology exponentially advances! Dr Stone will be back for more on this! One of my favourite conversations on the podcast because this is tech AND therapy - the best intervention for accessing the Psyche in my personal opinion- you'll have to listen to judge for yourself!! You can find out more about the Virtual Sandtray here: Twitter: @VirtualSandtray
This weeks episode features Dr Megan Connell, the co-founder of whereby the motto here is: "Be unapologetically enthusiastic" (I just LOVE this) Dr Connell, is a board certified licensed psychologist, which by the way is a big deal (if you don't know how these things work) She was another fab person to talk to and we covered (in a shorter than normal episode) getting your geek on and finding your tribe; using this to find a career, the therapeutic connections that can be made with people when you find your commonalities through science, tech, games or otherwise. Celebrations of people having passions. You  might be able to tell that I love this approach to human connection and Megan (and Ryan Kelly) have done a wonderful job of building this community. We talk Table top games such as DND (Dungeons and Dragons) and how Megan has an all female game that runs as well as her many projects/videos which you can find out about on the website above- I would recommend checking it out as Ryan Kelly a previous guest is also the co-founder and contributor to this site. Go check it out!
This weeks guest is Dr Holly Powell Jones. We have a blast discussing her research that was completed for her Doctoral thesis, which looked at how young people make sense of the online world in terms of legalities, criminal aspects, reporting and support. Holly explains how the young people she worked with on this research and those she teaches can often get mixed up in terms of knowing what is and isn't legal online, what constitutes as criminal behaviour and why some young people are less likely to report when they see or are a victim of a crime online.This is a great addition to the previous two episodes, so go ahead and listen to them if you haven't already! Holly highlights how the victim blaming language and biases are still aimed towards behaviours that people could have done differently to change the outcome of an event and we look at young peoples views around pornography use, sexting and the age of consent and why this is such a difficult are a for young people to navigate online when the law seems to be confusing for them; isn't it just though? Holly mentions a play that relates to this and unfortunately i cannot see that it is running elsewhere and was a 2018 production. The play is called Why is the Sky Blue and was run by Tackroom Theatre directed by Abbey Wright.  Holly can be found on LinkedIn As always than you for watching/listening and spreading the word, I am extremely grateful for the feedback I am receiving. If you would spread the word to your friends over the summer we can begin to help people learn about online activities and how to help ourselves as adults and children and young people too!
I'm joined today by Rory from the Cyber helpline THE goto website for the "when" moment(s) that were discussed last episode! Rory and I discuss how he set up the helpline to be a 24/7 site that you can goto when you find yourself a victim of a cyber related attack or mistake that you might have made When you reach the site, type in your cyber issue that you need help with such as being hacked, malware, phishing attacks and hey presto the ingenuity and magical elfs (aka Machine learning bots/AI) that run the site at the front end help you take the next steps in protecting yourself, your data, your money or your life. (apologies to those who now have an earworm) And if you want to parlez with a real human you can do that too. Why does this site offer something that is amazing? Well this is THE reason I interviewed Rory, you see some humans visit sites that perhaps they don't want others to know about, perhaps they were caught out by a brilliantly designed email or clicked a pop up thinking they had won a new iPad! etc...and now in the hands of the shame monster they don't want to report to the police for fear of being laughed at, or are too embarrassed to tell. Next episode you'll find out another reason people don't report issues (its another great in depth analysis of people and cyber!), anyway back to the helpline well immediacy is often the biggest key in resolving cyber related issues and attacks. Those pesky criminals are impatient and your money can make them so. Herein lies the quick solution by heading to the helpline and tapping in what has happened the bot can work out what kind of attack you have been a victim of. The site is fast, very clever and can gives you step by step information as to how you can now resolve the issue, in easily to understand language too! The site is... yep you've guessed it!  Listen in to find out how great this is and please do rate, subscribe, like, share and let people know about this episode and podcast so that we can all learn how to protect ourselves, get help when we need it and share the knowledge.  Thanks for listening/watching I really appreciate this. My inner warm fuzzie is feeling the love! You can head over to patreon to sponsor this podcast on as theres hidden content for subscribers and I am well aware that us podcaster folk are doing this for free and many of us need your help.  Consumers can only consume if producers produce and I am seeing this request more and more on social media. Free is only as good as it costs...
Today Im joined by Jeri a cybercrime analyst at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, so a person who really knows whats happening to the general public in terms of Cybercrimes, so not a case of Cath telling you and perhaps you thinking yeah right Cath... this is Action Fraud reports about the scale of the issue, from the people themselves and as you'll hear not all cases are reported...This applies to singular users of cyberspace or a business. Why do you need to know about cybercrime? Why should you care? What can happen? and is it true that you're more likely to be a victim of cybercrime  than burglary?  Technology is now, well it always has but more-so now providing a larger arena to exploit, harass and menace users and in some cases destroy lives. There are some real highlights in terms of explaining what kinds of 'attacks' are happening and how this will impact a persons business or life. Theres a really important section in here about why our email systems are the 'hub' of our cybersecurity focus and why I suggest in particular that my profession and those who deal with sensitive categories of data (ie very personal information about their customers) really needs to do more to protect themselves, their devices and their clients because the current level of knowledge around these issues is akin to ostrich/bury your head in the sand syndrome (which is not a real diagnosis by the way) and this is putting people at risk. Of what? Listen to this episode and the next one to get a glimpse into the worlds of what can happen. Sensationalist? Not at all; We're only scratching the surface here in this episode and both Jeri and I know just how deep this rabbit hole goes and we would like for the public to prick up their ears to the information contained herein. For more information please listen to episodes from Season 1 and for the Action fraud Website goto: Next episode is all about what to do when these things happen.... and how you can help yourself so stay tuned!
This weeks episode is epic. The content is so, so full to the brim and will also be followed by a video that I will be putting on my YouTube channel to help explain the Polyvagal theory (PVT) discussed in this episode. Using both examples that we give. (everyone likes free resources right?) You see Justin and I are #geeks about this PVT and I brought Justin on because he has his own podcast dedicated to this topic and is the only person I know that I could totally #nerd out with over it, as its the foundational premise of my cybertrauma theory. What does happen though is we get into all forms of applying this theory which I am predicting will hit the big time trends in 2019. There is a new star on the block and he is called Stephen Porges. (Only he has been around since the 90's and I have had the privilege of attending a number of his 2-3 day workshops a few years ago and now I am beginning to see this ripple hitting the media as we speak!) Justin and I talk about how the PVT can assist in giving people a language to narrate what they already know and understand to be true within themselves, a language to converse with others, a language for teachers, staff and professionals to use with each other and young people. Throughout the episode we refer to the Vagal #states and what these mean and how you can begin to understand children, young people and adults in terms of what they have learned to do based on the information that is fed to their brain to make sense of. (Point to note is the Vagal nerves are not responsible for the behaviours- this will be in my video to follow) We talk about devices, computer games, mirror neurons and arousal states, energy levels, social media and how this has an effect on young peoples mental health and wellbeing. Through the lens of Psychotherapy, PVT and Trauma we discuss what is happening for young people today, how this affects their mental health and how we can work with them, understand their digital world and education systems. Around 2/3 of the way into the episode there is a shift into a deep discussion around self aware parenting with raw examples from Justin and I about what this is like and why our profession and PVT has helped inform us  as parents and what this is actually like. This is IMO the best part of todays episode in terms of giving you a real insight into the theory and how it is applied IRL!! Thanks for listening/watching and see you next time. Rate, Subscribe and share on iTunes, YouTube and beyond- lets get this theory out there to the masses and  help build a new lexicon, we deserve to be shame free human beings.
This episode I turn the table on John and Sandra Wilson of Onlinevents. You see I have been interviewed by John many times going all the way back to 2013 (or earlier I cant quite remember as I wrote this), with Sandra (Saz) at the helm of the technical wizardry in the background helping things run smoothly for each interview they conduct. John and Sandra explain who they are and how Onlinevents runs; and yes just one E in the middle.  The platform of Onlinevents has grown considerably to what is now likely to be the number one CPD hub for therapists in the world. Each week John and Sandra run a day in the week for interviews, which is filled with some of the most knowledgeable specialists in their fields. Topics range from conversations about ethics, interventions to theory and beyond.  Each interview is broadcast free of charge and has more than one chat room which both John and Saz simultaneously monitor and feedback to the guest, it really is a phenomenal skill to watch and I know the struggle of trying to keep on track in the interview and yet John accomplishes this with grace and ease each time. Each interview is handled by he skills of this team, containing the complexities of the topics and lasts approximately an hour, which never quite feels enough and counts towards CPD (continuing professional development, similar to CE points in the US) for anyone who takes the time to watch either live or in the hub, which is a members area that allows access to all of the previous interviews.  Rather like a podcast this is a platform that enable therapists to learn outside of their training schedule and pique their interests in areas and disciplines they may not have encountered otherwise. And a special thanks to Rory for the audio edits who does a marvellous job, where my internet providers are not always as robust! You can find out more about onlinevents here:
Today im joined by Dr Ryan Kelly, a Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of G33KS like us, which we talk about in this episode and how the idea of using self confessed "geekery' can help us as practitioners to connect with our clients and how many of us use computer games and science in order to do this. Ryan speaks with great eloquence about the video game debate, bias in research and how this can be tweaked using certain statistical measures and then how this can be reported. Why research questions can be 'loaded' and how this can be used to reported to the general public. We look at how to disseminate research effectively and with a human touch and how there is a move to do this by a number of professionals. Then we move over to the work of Geek therapy, and around therapeutic live gaming such as Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) and how this helps parents understand the world of their child, also with Aspie young people allows the young people to socialise and build skills with and around each other. How this is not a 'new fact' to table top players of these games. I have to mention Goat Simulator as one of the funniest games that I have ever played and to have Ryan talk about this was a fantastic moment, you really do need ton play it to get it Geeks like us can be found here: Ryan can be found on twitter @DrRKelly  Enjoy
This weeks episode features Tassos, a friend and colleague of Justin Sherman whose episode aired a few weeks ago. However this episode has a counter position on the Digital Authoritarian position and takes into account culture, parenting styles and is much more food for thought. Tassos takes us through Arab Spring and why certain countries operate in the manner that they do and why we can look at the same issue in more than one way. We look at History, Culture, and what is a free internet? How does Article 13 come into play also in accordance with free speech, copyright and intellectual property? Here is a link to the article that Tassos and I discuss and use as a basis for this chat.
This weeks episode features a fabulous guest Rebecca Avery, it is a stunningly jam packed conversation encompassing many of the latest trends and e-safety buzzwords that turn many people off. No fear though as we don't actually name any of them,. What we do cover is; The Online Harms white paper (very briefly), Meme's (Article 13 and whether copyright will remove these), "that" viral trend of recent times. We reflect on the e-safety advice and how the Education sector can often get caught up in myths and scare stories, however this can often be driven by fear. We reflect on what often happens in Education and how e-safety can be driven by assembly based 'lessons' and one time interventions and how these may not work effectively as the Education sector relies on the 'expertise' of visitors who may frighten the children, parents and staff. We discuss how critical thinking needs to be applied to those professionals who claim to be 'experts' in their field and how resources in this area need to be evidence based and peer reviewed so that we can do better in our education of children and help them. We reflect on why shock tactics do not work and how we can empower young people, rather than present 'style over substance' (well said Rebecca!). This leans into the 'commercialism' of certain resources and how these can err on the side of 'shock', 'fear' and the 'Just say No' approach...or perhaps an ego boost? In short do you critically think about any resources you use or support? Are we barking up the wrong e-safety trees? Is the e-safety message overlapping and hiding the conversational content that could yield so much more learning for both child and adult? How do you assess anything you read or watch online? Have you ever taken a step back to do so? This episode will be great for Teachers, Professionals and Parents alike. Do share this episode and perhaps share with people who take things at face value online. Challenging our thinking is the way to open our minds to new information and this enables us to create more conversations. As always, thank you for listening, I appreciate all of you who do and thank you to those of you who get in touch to let me know how this helps you and your children. I am really honoured to have your feedback. Please do leave a review on iTunes and let's empower ourselves to do better and help our children!
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Nipun Tj

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Feb 6th
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