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I didn't know she was video

‘I Didn’t Know She Was..’ is a short film designed to make children and young people aware of the dangers of online grooming and sexual exploitation. The film was created by Essex University student Hayley Williams in partnership with Southend LSCB. Alex Pool plays the main character, Charlie, who starts talking to a girl on a social media site. As the film progresses, it emerges all is not as it seems.

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