School nurses promote playing safe online
School Nurses in mid and east Surrey are promoting ‘playing safe’ whilst using the internet. Using materials released by the BBC following the documentary ‘Murder Games’, school nurses aim to raise awareness of Safer Internet Day promoting the theme 'play your part for a better internet' with pupils at local schools.
Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy from Caterham Surrey who attended St Bede’s School, Redhill. Breck was groomed via the internet and was sadly murdered on February 17th 2014 by someone he met on-line.
Breck’s mother Lorin LeFave set up The Breck Foundation in his memory to help other young people to enjoy the internet and play games online, whilst remaining safe. School nurses in NHS community healthcare providers First Community Health and Care and CSH Surrey wish to continue and promote the work of the Breck Foundation in schools locally to spread the message of awareness.
School nurses will be promoting materials ‘Play Virtual, Live Real’, raising awareness of e-safety as Safer Internet Day approached on 9th February. The materials include video clips, useful links and notes for both students and teachers to help identify how safe they are online.
School Nurse Lead in First Community, Anita Lamb says:
‘A few members from the 0-19 service at First Community were privileged to hear Lorin LeFave, the mother of Breck Bednar, give a very moving and powerful talk at the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association Annual conference in November last year. As a result, we are keen to promote the ‘Play Virtual, Live Real’ campaign which aims to promote awareness and knowledge in young people and their parents about using the internet safely’
Chris McDermott, Specialist Practitioner School Nursing at CSH Surrey, says:
"I would like to thank Breck’s family and friends for making this programme. Social media is a huge part of teenage culture and this programme is a valuable resource that should be used across schools to promote discussion with young people about the challenges, risks and consequences of its use.”
Lorin also continues to promote awareness on internet safety, speaking at schools, conferences, to parents and the police. She says:
‘The Breck Foundation are striving to make everyone aware of the dangers our young people face online every day. Through education we aim to empower them to keep themselves safer online.
We offer school visits for pupils, parents and staff, and we speak at meetings and conferences to try to help everyone understand these very real dangers young people face online today.
We are launching our No Tech 4 Breck Day on Tuesday 9th February so that we can further share awareness whilst raising funds for our work. We are asking people of all ages to give up their technology for a day before 17 March when Breck would be turning 17.'
Caterham School is also playing a part by hosting the silent disco in memory of Breck. Breck attended the school for many years. Tickets for the event are £18 each for adults over the age of 17 and money raised will be donated to this important cause.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2016 is on Tuesday 9th February 2016, with the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet’. The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
You can also find materials on BBC i player