When it comes to sexual harassment in schools, I fear for my daughter – and my son

When it comes to sexual harassment in schools, I fear for my daughter – and my son

When my daughter started in reception at her state primary school, five years ago, the boys in her class swiftly became obsessed with Panini football stickers. They’d bring their albums into the playground: swap cards, scuffle over who had the higher-rated players, try to outdo each other by collecting the most. Now that my son is in reception, it’s Pokemon cards. They, too, compete to build up the most valuable set. But what if those cards weren’t footballers, or tiny, yellow pocket monsters? What if they were naked photos of the girls in their class? It sounds ridiculous to the point of being shocking to draw a comparison between the two – but that’s what we have to do, because it’s happening. This week, an Ofsted report found that boys at schools and colleges in the UK are sharing explicit images of girls at school on platforms such as WhatsApp and Snapchat like a “collection game”: something to brag about, something to compete over, something to “win” or to “get”. It also found that sexual harassment – including misogynistic name …
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