When working with children it is now part of practitioners thinking to include online spaces which include access to “adult” material (pornography). The course enables frank conversations about children’s access to this material, where this occurs, why this gets missed and whether you should ask, or not!
This course will provide attendees with background theory and research on Porn viewing in children and young people, what you need to know about the industry and what children can and do see, where and why.
You will also become equipped to discuss this topic with children as young as 5 or 6 and those children who accidentally happen upon this versus those who actively seek this material.
You will learn about appropriate safeguards and policies, procedures, and resources to help you feel courageous and confident in this space and your role.
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Cath is a Clinical Doctoral Researcher, Online Harms Consultant, Public Speaker, Author (of 4 books to date), Educator and TEDx Speaker. She is a Child/Adult Trauma Psychotherapist. She works with global organisations regarding child sexual abuse material, Mental health and Immersive Technologies and the harms that can occur in the new digital spaces. She writes about, and works with, Cybertrauma (trauma that occurs through an internet-ready device or medium). This is much more than Online Harms covers in its remit to date. She also educates therapists and practitioners via her company Privacy4 about Data protection/privacy/cybersecurity issues in relation to their practice. She disrupts and advocates for children’s rights, privacy, and online digital explorations. Catherine is also a Director for Online Safety UK and the mental health advisor for Gamersbeatcancer CIC
Information about Catherine can be found on her website where she discusses tech geekery, gaming and its use in therapeutic situations (of sorts), trauma psychotherapy using biofeedback/tech and gaming to elicit Post Traumatic Growth, healing and flow.
Her recently published book Children, Technology and Healthy Development focuses on the ‘why’ we do what we do in cyberspace, and how to help children, young people and adults. There are two more books to follow in mid-2023 on Online Harm for practitioners.