Cyber Synapse Podcast

Cyber Synapse Podcast
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. Important information for parents, teachers and anyone who needs to learn about cyberspace
Digital Authoritarianism- parent or nanny state? Regulated to the n’th degree?
Apr 8 • 60 min
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 how this transitions into the digital world. Are you seeing all you can see? Will we become a state where…
Parents Guide to video games- an essential conversation about an essential book
Apr 1 • 61 min
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 evidence based facts delivered in an…
The Psychology of Zelda- your life played out in a game or vice versa?
Mar 23 • 51 min
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 world to the legend of Zelda series. We talk about the books chapters written by some fantastic contributors…
Getting Gamers- why, when, where, how and what, 10 years of expertise crammed into one episode!
Mar 18 • 54 min
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 and his podcast will be such a great addition to your podcast library and knowledge bank - all of the…
The real research findings behind the Iphone and emotional wellbeing/MH Debate
Mar 4 • 42 min
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 discussing this research in many…
Talking to your child about Sex and Porn in a digital age
Jan 29 • 53 min
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 education. On this episode we talk about…
Are young people acting as mini-therapists online?
Jan 16 • 59 min
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 also previously a Youth worker here in the U.K and we met through the topic of teaching Sex -education for…
From the mouths of the users: Snapchat and Cyberspace from young people’s perspectives
Dec 28, 2018 • 55 min
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 through some of their experiences and views about cyberspace and how they use Snapchat. If you want to…
Influential behaviour on primary school children - ‘Challenges/Dares or Peer pressure?’
Dec 17, 2018 • 56 min
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 one that may well be a cautionary tale…
Loot boxes… whats the problem? or is it problem gambling? Is it even gambling?
Dec 3, 2018 • 54 min
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 researchers talk about legal issues where we find correlational behaviours that look like those legally…
Technological biohacking and gaming for good health.
Sep 10, 2018 • 64 min
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 Pete. This time I bring you Paula Eggers who is a great friend, Yoga teacher and also a fellow biohacker…
Gaming for Mental Health, its not quite what you think.
Sep 3, 2018 • 45 min
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 him incorrectly as I was too keen to…
Gaming for good: distraction from distress
Aug 27, 2018 • 48 min
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 hospitals, hospices and homes. Todays guest is Jonny Miree whose son tragically died earlier this year from an…
Adoption and social media’s impact on the family and beyond
Aug 20, 2018 • 97 min
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; which is as relevant now if not more…
Computer games and therapy, what MH workers need to know
Aug 16, 2018 • 50 min
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 Anthony’s book “Working with video gamers…
Gaming for Parents, demystifying the science and journalism
Aug 6, 2018 • 58 min
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 really going on and how parents can become involved with their children and have conversations.
Digital Nutrition- Healthy habits for children and parents too!
Jul 30, 2018 • 46 min
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 information for parents too. Really want…
Online Presentations - Real Self or imagined?
Jul 23, 2018 • 56 min
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 explore online presentations and the why’s and how’s of this phenomena and behaviours online. We look at the…
Digitally Distracted Parents. Why attachments and play matter
Jul 16, 2018 • 61 min
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 with our children through…
Restricted development and/or play, Children’s brains, beliefs and a why
Jul 9, 2018 • 34 min
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 children to become superheroes in their…
An adult speaks about Doki-Doki shock and using this as a good normalising intervention
Jul 2, 2018 • 70 min
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 messenger and decided to use this for todays episode to talk about sex and death, Mind wealth and how children and…
Revenge Porn- what is it if it’s not a sexual offence?
Jun 18, 2018 • 52 min
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 such a difficult topic to operationalise. (Sorry a slight academic term there which means to be able to…
Cyber Warfare, mythology to poetry- a metta perspective?
Jun 11, 2018 • 50 min
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 28, 2018 • 59 min
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 realms or depths of a world wide market that many of us do not visit. Our conversation is fluid, candid and…
GDP Arghhhhh #Don’tbeaGit
May 20, 2018 • 49 min
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 mailbox for some time. This is another full on say it as it is episode and talks real data and why you need…
When Heart Rate Variability becomes synthesisied as a cyber/tech intervention
May 6, 2018 • 48 min
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 breathing and why you need to notice and track this for effective changes. We talk apps, books and practical…
Why email security is so much more than GDPR compliance
Apr 30, 2018 • 36 min
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 todays discussion reveals why. After many recent contacts and questions about GDPR compliance I thought it…
Security, Consent and Online Manipulation
Apr 23, 2018 • 61 min
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 further information go back to our last…
Onlinesafety for Foster carers, why the unknown past can be in the here and now
Apr 16, 2018 • 48 min
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 have adoptees. We discuss parenting…
How sudden fame in Music changes your social media profiles and mental health
Apr 9, 2018 • 46 min
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 rise to fame for young people can…
PHSE to Psychosexual therapy why Sex -Ed needs updating
Mar 19, 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. Why people wait until they are in a…
Violent Video games- what’s the problem? Maybe not as much as you think?
Mar 18, 2018 • 29 min
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 tries to squeeze the synopsis of the book into 30 minutes and I don’t think we do a bad job. With recent media…
“Cyber, Warfare, and the Future of Ethics”
Mar 12, 2018 • 51 min
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 potential problems and ethics in…
Cyber trauma update
Mar 5, 2018 • 12 min
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. please feel free to feedback about topics you would like me to cover! Here is the link to the Facebook live…
Biohacking- using a computing term to achieve optimal performance- Light and devices
Feb 19, 2018 • 50 min
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 & bring technology and performance into…
The Violence of Pornography- What children can see
Feb 12, 2018 • 50 min
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 everywhere. Today I’m joined by Suzzan Black who is a Researcher, blogger, artist and a survivor of sexual…
Gaming disorder?… opinions from a gamers perspective
Feb 5, 2018 • 42 min
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 brings his perspective to society and…
Parenting & Psychotherapy in an Age of Social Media
Jan 29, 2018 • 41 min
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 Psychotherapy and how the world of social media has introduced new issues in couples counselling and the…
Lets talk to children about Pornography
Jan 22, 2018 • 38 min
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 addresses the taboo subject of sexual education around consent and pornography where young children find…
NSFW? Your Brain on Porn
Jan 15, 2018 • 42 min
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 adolescents and you’ll see why in the…
Theres nothing wrong with the internet- its society and you’re the product
Jan 8, 2018 • 52 min
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 discuss how you are the product of…
YouTube: Spiderman, Elsa and other non child friendly videos, should I be worried?
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
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 the media storm has created a pandemic of both accurate and inaccurate news. We dissect this in this…
Small Businesses: Should I really care about cyber security?
Dec 11, 2017 • 31 min
This episode covers what small business owners ought to know about protecting their online data and websites. From WAF’s and firewalls to being hacked this is a really helpful podcast, also getting onto subjects such as the dark web and the C64
Online Professionalism
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
Rory from Counselling Tutor joins me to discuss online professionalism from those of us who work with the public. Roles such as counselling/teaching and social work. This conversation gets to the heart of recent behaviours that have been challenging for…
Oyoty- the personal online safety assistant for children
Nov 27, 2017 • 35 min
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 excited about the I first saw it…
GDPR and all that jazz!
Nov 20, 2017 • 46 min
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 longer than usual as theres a whole heap of content to share with you and how this affects you, particularly…
Dont Stream and Drive
Nov 13, 2017 • 38 min
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 passion around this topic and highlights…
Cyber Synapse Podcast Episode 3
Nov 4, 2017 • 32 min
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 these null and void? Want to know more- listen to this episode!
Cyber Synapse Episode 2
Oct 27, 2017 • 36 min
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 safeguarding issues. This is a must…
Cyber Synapse Podcast Introduction
Oct 27, 2017 • 5 min
An introduction into the remit of the podcast.