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Catherine Knibbs – Book of the Month

Catherine Knibbs – Book of the Month

Our October Book of the Month is “Children, Technology and Healthy Development” by leading speaker on cybertrauma Catherine Knibbs

Children, Technology and Healthy Development: How to help kids be safe and thrive online

Catherine Knibbs shares her extensive experience to reveal what we know about human behaviour in cyberspace, and particularly that of children using devices, consoles and social media platforms. She offers deeper understanding of how and why children engage online and shows parents and professionals how, rather than being overwhelmed by the dangers and pathologies of cyberspace, we can learn to support children in using technology healthily. She covers key topics including social media use and abuse, impact of screen time, issues around gaming and extreme behaviours online. By the end of this book you will be able to understand your child better, and have an understanding of what is happening in their minds, brains and bodies in relation to the technological and digital world.

Children, Technology and Healthy Development is for all parents, and professionals in psychology, education, social care and the police who are concerned with understanding how we support children in an online world. It will also be valuable reading for those in tech design interested in the impact of technology on the developing human.

‘This book will be of huge benefit and indeed, relief, to professionals, parents and indeed anyone interested in some of the most fundamental issues of our time. At last, an extremely readable, sensible but deeply nuanced and well researched work in a field full of over-blown claims, scaremongering or complacency.’- Dr Graham Music, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics, London, UK.

‘From the workings of the human brain, to gaming, social media, addiction, trauma and everything in-between, Cath Knibbs takes us on a journey of her vast experience discussing the online world; the difficulties many of us face with children, the myths and realities and, most importantly, clear and practical guidance. This book is a must-have for any professional that works with children or for parents who want to understand more about the online lives of their children.’  Alan Mackenzie, Online Safety Specialist and Founding Member of AACOSS, UK.


Catherine Knibbs is a tech geek, gamer (of sorts), tech/gaming therapist, cybertrauma and trauma psychotherapist using biofeedback/tech and gaming to elicit Post Traumatic Growth, healing and flow. She is a functional health and nutrigenomics practitioner and incorporates this into her psychotherapy practice too. Her model is Interpersonal Neurobiology with an emphasis on Polyvagal theory (not a vagal nerve ‘hacker’).

Previously she has worked for Family Action Bradford for two and half years supporting child victims of sexual abuse as well as ESCAYP and Well Women Wakefield and was relationships and sexual education tutor for Spectrum Healthcare.


Catherine is a leading expert and speaker in the field of cybertrauma and is working with companies and organisations alike to help them better understand human behaviour in the digital world and how we can better manage it and how we understand we people do what they do and the impact it is having on peoples mental health.

Her speaking topics include –

  • Human behaviours online
  • Cybertrauma/Online Harm and the impact of this on the human
  • Pornography use in Children, young people, and adults
  • Gaming- Good, bad or indifferent?
  • Technology to hack your health and achieve higher performance
  • Cyberbullying what is it?
  • Safeguarding around digital tech
  • Mental Health and Technology
  • Social Media the impact and influence- are we really addicted?
  • The human algorithm- why we make the errors online
  • Online professional conduct
  • Child Sexual Abuse Material Online

For more information on Catherines speaking work please see her webpage or email us as enquiries@scampspeakers.co.uk


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