Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Breck's Last Game has now been viewed more than three-quarters of a million times since it was launched online on Wednesday (3 April). That number is rising fast.
Trigger Warning - grooming, coercive behaviour + violence.
The four-minute film which tells the tragic story of 14-year-old Breck Bednar, who was murdered by a man he met online, has generated scores of positive comments and conversation online.
The film is the result of a collaboration between Leicestershire Police and three other police forces and has been made with the active support of Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave, who appears in the film as herself.
The project started when Leicestershire Police was approached by Lorin, who runs the Breck Foundation in memory of her son, about the potential to make a film that would help protect children from online dangers.
Lorin said: “We are pleased the public are now able to easily access Breck’s Last Game. It’s so encouraging to see from the views, comments and shares that parents and young people are having open and engaging discussions about their own online friends and behaviours and to ask themselves the important question, ‘do I really know who my online friends are?’ “.
One parent has spoken online about the impact the film had for her when she watched it this morning. She said: "As the parent of a 14-year-old son, this film had particular resonance. It's hard-hitting but is so cleverly made that children and parents alike will take notice.
“Like most boys of his age, my son loves online gaming with his friends but literally anybody could join their group. I have watched the film with him and it really helped start a conversation. My son took notice. Thank you for making this film.”
Last year Breck’s Last Game was made available to schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, along with a comprehensive resource pack. By the end of this school year, 27,500 across LLR are predicted to have seen the film in their schools.
Visit the Police website Breck’s Last Game section.
Source : Leicestershire Police