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Children and Sexual-Based Online Harms
A Guide for Professionals

  • Available for pre-order on June 8, 2023. Item will ship after June 29, 2023
ISBN 9781032427584
June 29, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This sensitive guide for professionals who work with children and young people explains the serious issues of sexual content and harm that children face online, and how they impact developmental, neurological and social development, and mental health and wellbeing. Covering technologies used by children aged two through to adulthood, it offers parents and professionals clear, evidence-based information about sexual based online harm, its effects, and what they can do to support children should they see, hear or bear witness to these events online.

Catherine Knibbs, specialist advisor in the field, explains the issues involved when using online platforms and devices in family, social and educational settings. Examined in as non-traumatising a way as possible, the book covers key topics including: Consent, pornography; online grooming; sexting; live streaming; revenge porn; ASD sexuality and gender; and vigilantism. Offering guidance and proactive and reactive strategies based in neuroscience and child development, it reveals how e-safety is not one size fits all and must consider individual children’s and families’ vulnerabilities.

Children and Sexual-Based Online Harms will equip professionals with the knowledge to support their work and direct conversations about the harms online that children and young people face. It is essential reading for those training and working with children in psychological, educational and social work contexts, as well as parents, policy makers and those involved in development of online technologies.

Table of Contents

Online Harms and Setting the Scene

Chapter 1 : Communication

Chapter 2 : Online Harms

Chapter 3 : Setting the scene

Chapter 4 : Parenting

Chapter 5 : No sex please, we’re British!

Online Sexual Issues

Chapter 6 : Consent

Chapter 7 : Pornography Viewing in Children and Young People

Chapter 8 : Online Grooming and Exploitation

Chapter 9 : Coerced and Sexually Explicit Content in Children and Young People

Chapter 10 : Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Material

Chapter 11 : Revenge-Based Sharing of Intimate Imagery and Abuse

Chapter 12 : Autism, Vulnerabilities and Sexual Issues

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Catherine Knibbs is a Clinical and Academic Researcher, Consultant in the fields of Cybertrauma and Online Harms, Director for Privacy4 Ltd, and a UKCP-Accredited Child and Adult Trauma Psychotherapist.


"How can we mobilise our society to protect our children, our future, from a threat and a trauma that is so intimately disturbing that we can hardly name it, in extenso sexual abuse against children ? Cath Knibbs knows too well that there is a strong urgency to act now, and that this type of abuse and the resulting trauma is among the hardest to address properly. It needs courage, straightforwardness, competence to speak up and educate society, parents and professionals. Cath Knibbs has all of that, and this is why we must pay attention."

Jean-Christophe Le Toquin, co-founder, Trust & Safety Forum


"Cath Knibbs does not beat around the bush when tackling the complex issue of CSAEM. She is direct and provides great examples to easily understand how the issue is intertwined with other big issues in protecting children in our society. She brings the topic to practitioners that allows them to provide the best assistance to victims and survivors." 

Caroline Humer, Global Protection Expert, HMC Group LLC