Boys Sharing Naked Pictures Of Girls At School Like ‘Collection Game’ Says Ofsted
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A major new report has found that boys are sharing explicit images of girls with each other like a ‘collection game’.
The school watchdog, Ofsted, has published the shocking report following conversations with over 900 children and young people at 32 different schools and colleges, reports The Independent.
It revealed that sexual harassment of students in schools and colleges in the UK has become ‘normalised’ with many girls warning that their teachers do not understand ‘the reality’ of what they face on a regular basis.
An astounding 90% of the female students Ofsted spoke to said they were being subjected to misogynistic name calling and/or being sent unsolicited explicit footage/images ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’, with many saying the sexual harassment is so common that they see no point reporting it to school staff any more.
80% of girls said they experienced unwanted or inappropriate comments of a sexual nature ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’, with the same number saying they have also been pressured to send sexual images.
The report found that boys were a lot less likely to think harmful sexual behaviours happened among their peers, with just 38% of male students saying sexual assault of any kind happened a lot or sometimes between people their age - compared to 80% of girls.
Over 60% of girls said unwanted touching happened a lot or sometimes, with that figure falling to under 25% among boys.
The review also found that many instances of sexual harassment were ‘going unrecognised or unchallenged by school staff’.
Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, said: “It’s alarming that many children and young people, particularly girls, feel they have to accept sexual harassment as part of growing up.
“Whether it’s happening at school or in their social life, they simply don’t feel it’s worth reporting.”
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Sexual harassment and violence is a problem that reaches far beyond the school gates. There is no doubt that schools can and should play a key role in this work, but they can’t solve it alone.”
In response to the findings, the Ofsted report says school and college leaders must develop a culture where all kinds of sexual harassment are tackled - and punished where appropriate.
It adds that Relationships, Sex & Health Education (RSHE) should tackle topics young people find difficult including consent and sharing explicit images, and has called on the government to develop a guide to put a robust system in place for dealing with sexual harassment and abuse, as well as recommending a communications campaign aimed at changing attitudes.
The Department for Education (DfE) said there would also be strengthened safeguarding guidance to boost teacher confidence in identifying and responding to sexual abuse and harassment.
Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, said: “No young person should feel that this is a normal part of their daily lives.
“Ofsted’s review has rightly highlighted where we can take specific and urgent action to address sexual abuse in education. But there are wider societal influences at play, meaning schools and colleges cannot be expected to tackle these issues alone.”
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