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Next week your son/daughter will be shown a film that highlights the risks of on-line grooming. The film is a major new project that is aimed at helping to protect boys from online grooming. Breck’s Last Game is a film based on the real-life murder of 14 year-old Breck Bednar in Grays in February 2014 by Lewis Daynes. The film, which will be rolled out in secondary schools across the county, highlights the risks of grooming to teenage boys and asks the question ‘Do you know who your online friends really are?’ The hope of the campaign is that young people will take on the real life lessons from Breck’s story so they are able to look after each other, keep safe, and reach their full potentials At Rushden Academy our intention is to educate young people so they are empowered to make safer choices for themselves online.

The film has a classification of 15 but as the film will be shown in a controlled screening and students have received advanced warning via assemblies that took place this week it appropriate to be shown to all pupils (see below).

Please also find links below to resources that you can view to find further information about the film and the activities the students will be completing.

If you have are affected by an of the issues raised by the film you can call the police on 101 or Childline on 08001111.

Trigger warning

A trigger warning has been included before the start of the film, to alert the viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.

Breck’s Last Game is not a standalone product – full resource packs have been produced for schools and it will only be shown to pupils in controlled screenings. 

Why are you showing the film to children below the age of 15, when it has been classified as 15 certificate?

Both versions of the film and the trailer have been classified by the British Board of Film Classification which determined it would hold a 15 certificate. However, it is important to note that this would be the classification if shown in a cinema to an unsuspecting and “unbidden” audience. When you go to the cinema, it’s usually to see a specific film and you know what classification it has been given. However, you do not have prior knowledge of the nature of the trailers and adverts that are shown before the feature film, so these adverts are given a classification to ensure they are consistent with the classification given to the feature film. Because of the way the film is being shown in schools – in controlled screenings, with advance warning to pupils and parents – it does not fall into the “unbidden” category.

It is also important to say: many children will be targeted much younger than 15 by online groomers – and that makes it even more important we show it to children as young as 11 or, in some cases, even younger.

Links

Parent presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qtjUSIMvH8mgpwLmuvNA6XXRWw7wFQlQ4zhdGYvdOiU/edit?usp=sharing

Information video: https://youtu.be/9XorD8CevRI

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