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Cyber Synapse Podcast

86 EpisodesProduced by Catherine KnibbsWebsite

Creating connections and conversations about people, technology and the intersection of health and wellbeing. Recorded through the "cyber synaptic space." Catherine speaks to people who are considered experts in their fields.Important information for parents, teachers, professionals and anyone who w… read more

86 Episodes | 2017 - 2021

Security Awareness 101

April 5th, 2021


With Perry Carpenter: Chief Evangelist!  Author of: Transformational Security Awareness. I know many therapists are scared of tech, many can find it overwhelming and so I decided to speak with one of the most …

Gamers Beat Cancer: Let's have more game on than game over!

February 1st, 2021


Welcome to season 4 of Cyber Synapse and I am back with technology-related material!!   

Season 4 started in 2020, however, this is the first video …

Synthesising and personal growth: Mental Health, Biohacking, Trauma and beyond.

December 7th, 2020


Today I'm joined by another Instagram buddy who is in the health and wellbeing sector.  Today we talk all things Mental health, Diagnoses, Wellbeing, Trauma, Childhood Trauma and Functional Health

The second half of …

Season 4 kicks off with Endocannabinoids; say what?

November 2nd, 2020


Season 4 kicks off without the long intro: This about getting to the talk immediately! 

Its an episode taking an amazing dive into a subject that is going to create a double-take for some people.  I'm joined today my …

Bonus episode to season 3 finale with Olivia James

October 19th, 2020


2:30 - Polvagal theory and associative memory in trauma

7:00 - its excitement not nerves, does this reframe really work?

20:00 why public speaking is …

Season 3 finale - trauma with no BS

October 5th, 2020


Todays end episode is completed with a colleague of, and in the world of trauma. Oliva James and I chat about public speaking, trauma, twitter …

The Pandemic within the pandemic: Nicole Dawson-Cullinan and I discuss systemic trauma, burnout and Wellness International

September 7th, 2020


Today I'm joined by Nicole Dawson-Cullinan. She is a classical homeopath, functional health practitioner, and creator of Wellness Place …

Functional Medicine as a parent, neighbour and practitioner, why conversations encompass a lot!

August 3rd, 2020


This episode I am speaking with another functional medicine practitioner as the lockdown continues.

I am joined by Corrina Van Der Erden from Germany, where she is creating one of the biggest networks of functional …

Ronen Stilman- Attached to Technology: Therapists reflections of relational processes and technology

July 6th, 2020


I'm joined today by a fellow psychotherapist with a passion for understanding technology and how we relate to and with this invention of man.

Ronen …

Darryl Edwards speaks to me about Blacklivesmatter, Empathy and SES issues.

June 15th, 2020


Darryl Edwards joins me today for one of the most timely and important conversations.  This is not new in terms of the subject matter, however, we have to change the narrative.. its time.   Timestamps:  04:02 Black …

Thomas Olivier- Bio-individuality in health

June 1st, 2020


Thomas Olivier, CEO of joins me today after a bit of a wait to get him on the podcast. I met Thomas in 2017 when I joined him for my Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics training and knew that I had to get this story …

Pain equals purpose: male mental health and the balance of masculinity: All heart, All spine

May 8th, 2020


First of all this episode was put on the back burner whilst a few episodes took centre stage during the outset of covid-19. Thank you to Matt Dipll for being patient as this was recorded some weeks ago!! Danke!

So …

Sex, Relationships and Pornography use during Covid-19

April 13th, 2020


This is an adhoc episode discussing the impact of physical distancing, upon relationships, sexual activity and pornography use, explained through the …

HeartMath, Coherence and Self Regulation- In times of Stress (Covid-19)

April 4th, 2020


I'm joined Today by Gavin Andrews from HeartMath UK. This is another podcast recorded pre-lockdown and we briefly mention the impending crisis as we …

Functional Health- Before, During and After Covid-19

April 2nd, 2020


This video was originally recorded before the current health crisis. The introduction sets the scene for why getting to the root cause of an issue is the prefix to good health. Now we are in the light of Covid-19 this …

Neurohacking- When performance of brain and body synchronise

March 8th, 2020


Today I'm joined by Ben Cote from Neurohacker Collective. (NHC). We get straight into who NHC are and what happens at HQ. How dialling in and …

Broken to beautiful, healing, health and human connection

February 3rd, 2020


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 …

Top down-Bottom Up? Learning about who you really are, heuristics of Education, Work, Life and Flow.

January 2nd, 2020


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 …

Self- improvements and health, how deep learning about you can improve who you are

December 23rd, 2019


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 …

Light - a therapy all of/in it's own

December 16th, 2019


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 …

Distracted Driving- When smartphones may result in not so smart decisions behind the wheel

December 2nd, 2019


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 …

Why email security? Why?

November 12th, 2019


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 …

Child Sexual Abuse Material Online: Part 2, The impact, the issue, the resolution?

November 1st, 2019


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 …

Child Sexual Abuse Material Online (Part 1) *edit- Includes the recent news update about Age ID Plan

October 17th, 2019


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 …

Season 3 Intro- Whats in store?

October 16th, 2019


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. …

Why VR is the biz, Why is it people are avoidant/fearful or freaked out by it?

September 24th, 2019


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 …

Virtual Sandtray; How digital tech enables us to work in depth and remotely

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

Get your #Geek on and find your tribe!

August 8th, 2019


This weeks episode features Dr Megan Connell, the co-founder of whereby the motto here is:

"Be unapologetically …

Why young people may not report online activities as illegal, because perhaps they don't know it is?

July 15th, 2019


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 …

The cyber helpline for the "when" it goes awry!

July 4th, 2019


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 …

Getting Hacked; Emails and more. Why its not a question of if but more about when?

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Polyvagal reflections of young people, devices, schools and Mental health

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

Onlinevents the CPD hub for therapists

May 29th, 2019


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 …

Geekery in research, do we need to understand gaming research like a Professor X?

May 22nd, 2019


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 …

Digital Deciders.. is it Authoritarian- What about Culture?

May 9th, 2019


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 …

"Expertise" on the internet. Are the e-safety resources helpful, empowering or aimed at shock/fear?

April 27th, 2019


This weeks episode features a fabulous guest Rebecca Avery, it is a stunningly jam packed conversation encompassing many of the latest trends and …

Digital Authoritarianism- parent or nanny state? Regulated to the n’th degree?

April 8th, 2019


When will the internet become regulated to a degree that you will no longer have free will? This weeks episode takes a look into authoritarianism and …

Parents Guide to video games- an essential conversation about an essential book

April 1st, 2019


This episode I'm joined by Dr Rachel Kowert and this is the last of the trio of gaming related specials. Fear not though as this conversation is a super duper chat about Rachels book which is an easy to read guide with …

The Psychology of Zelda- your life played out in a game or vice versa?

March 23rd, 2019


This extra and special episode comes to you courtesy of the book edited by Dr Anthony Bean, which is called The Psychology of Zelda, Linking our …

Getting Gamers- why, when, where, how and what, 10 years of expertise crammed into one episode!

March 18th, 2019


Today I'm joined by Dr Jamie Madigan who is the host of a podcast called The Psychology of GAMES (not gaming as I called it in the chat #fail).
He …

The real research findings behind the Iphone and emotional wellbeing/MH Debate

March 4th, 2019


Today im joined by Amy Orben DPhil candidate at Oxford University and is a guest I have been waiting to interview for some time and Im so happy to bring this episode to you about her research!

You have likely heard me …

Talking to your child about Sex and Porn in a digital age

January 29th, 2019


This week Im joined by Lael Stone. All the way from Sunny Australia. She is a Mum, education specialist around birth, sexuality and parenting and creates wellness in families through connection, communication and …

Are young people acting as mini-therapists online?

January 16th, 2019


Today I'm joined by Aylssa Cowell who is working in Brunei in an International school and works with young people as a school counsellor. Aylssa was …

From the mouths of the users: Snapchat and Cyberspace from young people's perspectives

December 28th, 2018


This video sits just before the New year so you have time to tune in and listen to the perspective of two young ladies; Molly and Bella who take you …

Influential behaviour on primary school children - 'Challenges/Dares or Peer pressure?'

December 17th, 2018


The first of two festive treats from season 2 and once again I'm back with Alan to discuss the latest trends that he's hearing about in the classrooms.

This episode we dare to talk about a normal child behaviours but …

Loot boxes... whats the problem? or is it problem gambling? Is it even gambling?

December 3rd, 2018


Season 2 kicks off with a bang and the topic this time is Loot Boxes.
Is it gambling? Can we extapolate from adult research to children? Can we as …

Technological biohacking and gaming for good health.

September 10th, 2018


Okay so I am beginning to bring a little more of my personal interests inot the podcast based on feedback about the biohacking episode with my friend …

Gaming for Mental Health, its not quite what you think.

September 3rd, 2018


This week I'm joined by Adam Lobel PhD, a games user researcher at Ubisoft. Adam describes what user experience is as games user researcher is possibly just as confusing for those not in the industry. Even I introduced …

Gaming for good: distraction from distress

August 27th, 2018


When gaming becomes a distraction of life in order to manage illness or distress this might be seen as a helpful way for games to be present in …

Adoption and social media’s impact on the family and beyond

August 20th, 2018


Adoptive children and the impact of social media contact: Today I’m joined by Trainer, Coach, Author, Adoptive parent and personal friend Helen Oakwater. We discuss Helens book from 2012 called Bubble Wrapped Children; …

Computer games and therapy, what MH workers need to know

August 16th, 2018


This week I'm joined by a clinician and author Dr Anthony Bean. This episode is such a good one in terms of deconstructing games and their use, their benefits and the big WHY people use computer games. We look at …

Gaming for Parents, demystifying the science and journalism

August 6th, 2018


Today I'm joined by freelance journalist, gamer and Dad Andy Roberston. He's helping parents understand why their children play games and what is …

Digital Nutrition- Healthy habits for children and parents too!

July 30th, 2018


Todays episode is one where Jocelyn Brewer is my guest and we discuss what healthy habits really mean when it comes to digital devices and children, however there is a slight twist as this episode covers some handy …

Online Presentations - Real Self or imagined?

July 23rd, 2018


Today I'm joined by Dr Chris Fullwood who is a cyber psychology academic an the University of Wolverhampton.
In this packed episode we begin to …

Digitally Distracted Parents. Why attachments and play matter

July 16th, 2018


Today Im joined by Joanna Fortune who is an attachment specialist and Psychotherapist. Joanna and I discuss one of our favourite subjects attachment and early development. We delve into the intricacies of how we connect …

Restricted development and/or play, Children's brains, beliefs and a why

July 9th, 2018


Todays episode is brought to you by the inspiration of recently meeting Jim Kwik. #fangirling a little today in terms of being inspired by a person and story that mirrors my why of wanting to change the world for …

An adult speaks about Doki-Doki shock and using this as a good normalising intervention

July 2nd, 2018


After what would have been a very short episode I was contacted by Jan at the weekend about Doki-Doki. We had a conversation about this over …

Revenge Porn- what is it if it’s not a sexual offence?

June 18th, 2018


Today I’m joined by Laura Higgins, Operations manager of the revenge porn helpline.


Laura discusses what revenge porn is and isn’t and why this is …

Cyber Warfare, mythology to poetry- a metta perspective?

June 11th, 2018


Tassos and I discuss Greek mythiogly, poetry and philosophy about data warfare

The shadow side of human nature - Dark, Hidden or Deep; where the web is spun?

May 28th, 2018


The topic that can create horror, distain or curiosity. Either way we’re going onto the world of full time buisness people who often work in the …

GDP Arghhhhh #Don'tbeaGit

May 21st, 2018


Today I'm joined by a self confessed Nerd and Anorak in all things data protection. Yes its that four letter word that you've been seeing in your …

When Heart Rate Variability becomes synthesisied as a cyber/tech intervention

May 6th, 2018


Matt and I discuss the polyvagal theory in easy to digest bites and go into the world of burnout, self care, resilience and most importantly …

Why email security is so much more than GDPR compliance

April 30th, 2018


Today I’m joined by Mike Roberts of Frama RMail. A product that is so much more than an encryption tool.
This product is one I personally use and …

Security, Consent and Online Manipulation

April 23rd, 2018


Today I'm joined by Justin Sherman once again.
As the podcast was recorded a week before the recent ICO discussion on some of the issues in cyberspace we may be feeling slightly ahead of the game this week and for …

Onlinesafety for Foster carers, why the unknown past can be in the here and now

April 16th, 2018


Today I'm joined by Lynn Findlay. We go into why foster carers can be presented with some much more complicated issues around online safeguarding compared to families where children are either natural or families who …

How sudden fame in Music changes your social media profiles and mental health

April 9th, 2018


Suzzana Dee joins me today to talk about social media and the music industry. We talk about her return to the industry after ten years so Suzanna really has a before and after understanding.
We discuss how the sudden …

PHSE to Psychosexual therapy why Sex -Ed needs updating

March 19th, 2018

We discuss the influence of poor sex education and how young people have been learning about sexual relationships through Pornography and the internet.

We dispel myths about psychosexual therapy and what it looks like. …

Violent Video games- what's the problem? Maybe not as much as you think?

March 18th, 2018


This week I'm joined by Pat Markey who is one of two authors of the book Moral Combat: Why the war on violent video games is wrong. This episode …

"Cyber, Warfare, and the Future of Ethics"

March 12th, 2018


This weeks episode takes a look into the ethics of machine learning (not AI) and why this is an area for consideration. We discuss how facial recognition software has some great benefits and where it has issues and …

Cyber trauma update

March 5th, 2018


A quick update on what's happening! The snow interrupted play over the last episode so I thought I would check in with you and keep you updated.

Biohacking- using a computing term to achieve optimal performance- Light and devices

February 19th, 2018


Today I'm joined by Pita Marroni, He is a friend and student of biohacking and functional medicine. I am very very excited for this and future episodes as I have been aiming to do this very podcast from the outset & …

The Violence of Pornography- What children can see

February 12th, 2018


Todays episode may be a difficult topic for some listeners however it is absolutely necessary that this topic is borough to the attention of parents …

Gaming disorder?... opinions from a gamers perspective

February 5th, 2018


Today im joined by Bo Pederson. He is an IT manager and has gamed for over 30 years. In this episode he gives his strong opinion about gaming disorder and why he disagrees with the W.H.O. perspective on this issue. Bo …

Parenting & Psychotherapy in an Age of Social Media

January 29th, 2018


Todays episode again crosses the water to the U.S. and im joined by a Psychologist Erick Medina.

We take our discussion from parenting to …

Lets talk to children about Pornography

January 22nd, 2018


Todays talk follows on from last weeks episode about the effects of Porn on the brain.

Todays conversation is no less than candid and one that …

NSFW? Your Brain on Porn

January 15th, 2018


Todays episode features Gary Wilson who is the author of the book and website "Your Brain on Porn". This may not be a suitable podcast to listen to with little ones around but lets get the conversation started with …

Theres nothing wrong with the internet- its society and you're the product

January 8th, 2018


Gary and I discuss many issues in this podcast ranging from the recent blog I produced after the suicide forest video appeared on Youtube, the Children's commissioners report, digital literacy (whatever that means). We …

YouTube: Spiderman, Elsa and other non child friendly videos, should I be worried?

December 18th, 2017


This week brings back Alan Mackenzie for a frank discussion about the YouTube videos that are unsuitable for children. This video has been on hold as …

Small Businesses: Should I really care about cyber security?

December 11th, 2017


This episode covers what small business owners ought to know about protecting their online data and websites. 

From WAF's and firewalls to being …

Online Professionalism

December 4th, 2017


Rory from Counselling Tutor joins me to discuss online professionalism from those of us who work with the public. Roles such as counselling/teaching …

Oyoty- the personal online safety assistant for children

November 27th, 2017


Oyoty is an online personal safety assistant that helps children learn to navigate social media. This episode discusses how this works and how the AI behind this app helps children. Deepak's idea is one I was personally …

GDPR and all that jazz!

November 20th, 2017


GDPR what is it? What do I need to know? How does this affect me and my storage of data? When does it come into effect?

This episode is slightly …

Dont Stream and Drive

November 13th, 2017


Don't stream and drive campaigner Neil Dewson-Smyth joins Cath for a discussion about the perils of using your phone whilst driving.

Distractions cost lives and it only takes a moment. Neils discusses his work and …

Cyber Synapse Podcast Episode 3

November 4th, 2017


This episode discusses how you manage some of your data on social media. A discussion about insurance policies and how social media posts can render …

Cyber Synapse Episode 2

October 27th, 2017


This weeks guest is Alan Mackenzie; an e-safety specialist. He talks about how he uses his skills to help teach children about e-safety without scaremongering. Using the lessons Alan helps teachers identify possible …

Cyber Synapse Podcast Introduction

October 27th, 2017


An introduction into the remit of the podcast.

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