Computing KS3 / KS4: Online Grooming - Changes in personality

'Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar', tells the true story of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old boy who was lured to his death after being groomed online. Actors play Breck Bednar and Lewis Daynes.

In this clip Breck’s parents and friends discuss the changes they noticed in Breck after he became friends with Lewis Daynes online.

He gave up many of his hobbies, including the Air Cadets, and became more withdrawn at school.

At home his mum noticed that he was glued to his computer headset and was starting to act out against her rules.

His friends questioned why he was focusing more on someone he knew online, rather than his friends in the real world, but they were unsure what they should do about it.

PLEASE NOTE: This clip contains scenes which some viewers may find upsetting. Teacher review is recommended prior to use in class.

Teacher Notes

Students could divide into small discussion groups and list the changes that Breck’s friends and family noticed in him, and feedback to a whole class discussion.

Students could also think about the warning signs that weren’t present in this case, but are also important to watch out for in their friends.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and computing at KS3 and KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4 and 5 in Scotland.

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