A few months ago Louise D’Costa spoke to Mark Harrington (who is one of the Trustees of ‘The Breck Foundation’) about the SEN books which he has created and which are due to be released early this year. The books are aimed at SEN children and lower ability primary students and tell the tell the story of Breck Bednars story (a 14 year old boy from Caterham who tragically lost his life in 2014 due to online grooming).
I am extremely passionate about the safety of computing and gaming and also became a trustee of the foundation last year. The Breck Foundation is founded by Lorin LaFave and her son Breck was groomed and exploited while enjoying his passion for gaming. The Foundation aim to ensure that no chid is harmed through gaming and that prevention is ensured by educating children of the foundations ‘play virtual, live real’ motto. The motto reminds everyone to never meet up alone in a private place with someone they have met only online.
I spoke to Mark about the reasons why he felt that the books who be an ideal platform to convey Breck story to vulnerable children.
He explained to me that they are aimed at low level and SEN students with a cognitive age of between 6-10 years. They have also been created in order to make the reader feel as though they're reading a fairy tale which has a few twists that reveal the truth behind the Breck story.
I hope that you find my chat with Mark informative and educating. If you would like to find out more about the foundation or about the books you can visit www.breckfoundation.org.