A film about murdered schoolboy Breck Bednar, whose killer groomed him using internet gaming, will be shown in secondary schools to highlight the dangers of meeting people online. The Independent reports.
The 14-year-old was stabbed to death by computer engineer Lewis Daynes in Grays, Essex, in 2014.
The victim’s mother, Lorin LaFave, will appear in the film — called Breck’s Last Game — which is a collaboration between Essex, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Surrey police forces.
It will be shown at schools across these counties in lessons about grooming over coming months.
Daynes, aged 18 at the time of the offence, admitted the murder at Chelmsford Crown Court and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years in 2015.
Ms LaFave said: “At the time, I believed the offender was older than he was because he was so controlling and manipulative, even with me, so it’s important for young people to realise not only can predators lie about their age, where they live or who they are online, they can also be a similar age to the victim.”
“It’s so important for us to raise awareness of the fact that boys can be groomed too. His story shows even regular schoolboys can make mistakes if they aren’t educated to recognise the signs of grooming and exploitation.”
Ms LaFave previously told The Independent that lessons about the dangers of sexual abuse and online grooming should be compulsory part of the school curriculum.
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