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HomeEducationSchools in Harrow team up with online safety charity

Schools in Harrow team up with online safety charity

Two Harrow-based schools are partnering with the online safety charity, Breck Foundation, to create a powerful two-day drama event aimed at keeping young people safer online.

The event, held at Hatch End High School in collaboration with Nower Hill High School, will see more than 800 young people and
parents watch a production of Game Over, the award-winning playwright Mark Wheeler’s play about the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old London schoolboy who was groomed online through a gaming relationship and subsequently murdered.

Students aged 11-14 will also take part in a carousel of specially designed workshops to educate about online predators.

Game Over is a hard hitting production that uses the words of Breck his mother Lorin Lafave, and the predator, Lewis Daynes, to create an unforgettable and disturbing foray into the world of online predators and gaming.

Breck was murdered in 2014; Lorin founded Breck Foundation the following year to educate and raise awareness about online grooming. Since 2015, the foundation has reached tens of thousands of children and young people with Breck’s story.

An incredibly moving piece of theatre with a story that must be shared with our young
people. The play will be performed five times over the two days, while three separate workshops, exploring themes in the play, will each be run 12 times.

“This is the first time we have been able to attempt something on this scale and we are thrilled to be partnering with Hatch End and Nower Hill”; said Michael Buraimoh, the CEO of Breck Foundation.

“Since the pandemic it is even more crucial for young people to understand how to keep themselves safe and smart online. We hope to be able to reach more young people across the country with this powerful play.”, He added.

‘Game Over’ will take place at Hatch End High School, Harrow, on April 25 and 26, with a gala performance on the evening of 25 April.