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Catherine Knibbs- #Online Harms
Online Harms Consultant, Cybertrauma Clinician, PhD’er, Author, Theorist, Polymath, Functional Health, Epigenetic Trauma Psychotherapist (Child/Adult)
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Image of open door leading to dark room. Phot by Matthew T Rader @ unsplash

When you work in and around the Online world you can quickly become used to the way in which events around the world can be communicated and can see where people’s best intent lies. However, sometimes you know from experience and sitting with people in therapy why some of these communications, no matter how well-intended can be utilised by people and result in harm further down the timeline.

Since the death of a woman, by a man (I am not getting into a gender conversation here but clarifying the following before you read on) there has been a stir in…


FROM MEMES ONLINE TO POLITICS IN THE PLAYGROUND

For many children, this week sees the return to the classroom and further changes and rules of what is expected of them in a setting that used to make sense. What was once a space and place of routine, social norms and physical proximities may now be akin to the toddler going to nursery for the first time. The feelings in the body of safety are going to be heightened, unknown unknowns creating anxiety and perhaps the speed at which parents and carers ‘drop off’ and scoot away may leave children screaming at the doorway. …


Image of Foot in a trainer, taken from Pixabay

2021 began in earnest with many a folk looking to move on from the #Rona lockdown 3.0 (in the UK anyway) and so glib and cliché posts were the soup of the day on social media about leaving it behind and a better year for humanity and health. The ‘new year new me’ replaced with new year ‘new outlook’ on life hit the cyber airwaves and so my social media feeds became a place of mass onslaught of positivity and sometimes ludicrous claims.

Lockdown has given many people time to think, read, explore online and of course take in the…


Why ‘screened out’ bombed out and the social dilemma used tactics to silence their rivals?

A few weeks ago I spoke to an organisation I am part of called AACOSS about the documentaries that I am succinctly paraphrasing here. (Minus most of the swear words)

Could it be that you don’t know about ‘the other’ documentaries that aired around the time of the social dilemma? Or perhaps the docu-films that are now being created and shared on other social media platforms such as YouTube? Could it be that algorithms ensured that you saw the Social Dilemma, based on the very same issues raised in the documentary?

*Did they use manipulative and persuasive tactics and marketing…


Bad Parents.. How the second wave approach will feel like this to many? Why it will be twice as visual and scary to make us ‘stay at home’

So many of us are feeling that we are holding out for those infamous words of “second lockdown” we are just waiting like anxious children, knowing we haven’t actually done anything to deserve the second ‘grounding’ but we know its coming….

When working with children who experience trauma and abusive abodes, whether that be with their families, out on the streets or in residential settings, one thing they often have in common…


In some cases, yes, there has been an uproar, anger, dismay, and confusion and lately, I have found myself answering posts on social media about the issue at hand which is;

A website calling itself Online Angels seems to be a website dedicated to creating a collection of resources for the public. From what it seems on the outside this looks almost like a neighbourhood watch scheme online or one of those booklets that's often posted through your letterbox informing you of the local services. This site looks to have grown to cover other services including mental health provisions. Upon…


On the late afternoon of 10th April 2020, in the Sunny outback of a Yorkshire town a woman was pottering around, doing mundane jobs, when she looked at her emails outside of the normal timing and saw an email that jumped out of the device. It was wearing a cloak of darkness, foreboding and heading in the direction of ‘you don’t want to read this’. Something about it didn’t seem to be the email that would bring good news. Why was this email so large and present? Her son in the background was playing computer games. She wasn’t happy with…


Why consumer grade products should not be used for therapy/health related services. Unless the privacy policy assures you complete confidentiality for your clients/patients/customers

The ICO are not monsters. They understand your need to help others in a crisis and may well be ‘not prosecuting you for data breaches during this time’, however as a responsible therapist I am entirely sure that you want to do the best to protect your clients from data breaches from your computer or your behaviour online? So obviously this means you want to use software that you can trust, apply all data protection laws into your practice and most importantly protect the rights and freedoms of your clients. Regardless of where and how you deliver your service? …


Yes, this is another Covid-19, Corona, Infection, Viral type blog. I know you’re probably saturated to the max with these and may only get around to reading this post panic, once social distancing becomes a social norm. We are not sure how long this will last so I am getting on with the blog writing for now whilst my PhD seems to be on hold.

I have been saying for a decade or so that Cybertrauma is caused and created by humans and computers, shared by both and impacts humans only. Perhaps more so by humans who share information with…


Cybersecurity and data protection for therapists working online? Why do we need this right now given the influx of online work? Why could your data be at risk?

IN FEBRUARY 2019 I sent this following article to a membership body. I was informed the members did not need to know about this topic as it was scary, it looked like I am selling my product (privacy4) and it had scared the reader. …

Catherine Knibbs- #Online Harms

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