Campaigning for a safer internet

Years 7 and 8, Parents and Staff attended a chilling, yet informative presentation from expert speaker Tia of the Breck Foundation last week.

The Breck Foundation was set up in 2014 in response to the tragic murder of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old Surrey schoolboy who loved science, computing and gaming. The Foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – regardless of whether they are gaming, communicating or on social media.

Tia used age-appropriate material and images to bring the important message of “Play Virtual/Live Real” to life. She engaged with the audience giving them ample opportunity for interaction through asking and answering questions.

Besides bringing home the tragedy through a compelling presentation comprising of key facts, advice and observations, she also talked about how Breck was groomed through an online game over a period of a year.

Coincidentally, the story was featured in Channel Four’s Shocking Emergency Calls UK this week, where you can hear the online predator making the call to Essex police to confess.  Evidently, the talk made a huge impact on Year 7 and 8, not to mention Parents and Staff. Here are some of our pupils’ comments afterwards:

“I thought that the Breck Foundation was a sad and emotional talk. But, I learnt that I need to be careful online and not trust people I have never met.” Sam

“I learnt that having fun on the internet with friends is not always safe.” Louis

“I thought that no matter how much you enjoy gaming, it shows you that you must be careful who you are talking to.” Toby

“I found the talk very real, I could relate to it. The grooming process can happen to anyone.” Shi Jun