A powerful film recounting the life story of a 15 year old girl who was groomed online before being murdered, has been launched in Northamptonshire today.
Kayleigh’s Love Story was shown to students at Wootton Park School in Northampton, to coincide with Safer Internet Day 2017.
The short, award-winning film shows Kayleigh’s final days and it's hoped it will continue to serve as a warning to young people while illustrating the speed at which they can be groomed online without them or those around them realising what is happening.
The film was made alongside Kayleigh’s parents after she was killed by Stephen Beadman in November 2015 after being bombarded with messages on Facebook and other social media sites by his 28-year-old neighbour Luke Harlow.
Its main purpose is to protect children and to stop another family losing a child in this way.
In just a fortnight before Kayleigh was murdered, 2,643 messages were exchanged - these messages form the basis of the film, which has been shown to more than 25,000 school children in Leicestershire.
It is now being offered to Northamptonshire’s secondary schools, with support from the regions Sexual Exploitation team.
You can read more about Kayleigh here.
The producers of the film have rated it as a certificate 15, it's available to view online here.