Yesterday we were fortunate enough to have The Breck Foundation visit to speak to Years 7 and 8 as well as staff and parents about online gaming. The children were told a real life story about Breck Bednar who was a 14 year old boy, from Caterham, Surrey, who loved technology and online gaming. He was groomed via the internet and sadly murdered on February 17th 2014 by someone he met online. The main aim of the workshop was to educate children on the signs of grooming, who to talk to with a concern, how to support their friends and to think carefully about who they are talking to through these platforms. The workshop was extremely powerful and the children left the workshop with a greater understanding of the risks of online gaming and the steps a person takes to groom an individual.
The following video is one which the Year 7 and 8 pupils were shown during the workshop, which tells Breck’s Bednar story. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW]
The key message from the workshop was:
Play virtual/ Live Real
Miss H Elliott, PSHE Co-ordinator