School boys are making rape jokes in bid to score lad points

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.  Four in ten boys see offensive "memes" daily “I think you have got the groups of students who are just looking to perhaps get lad points, or to entertain, to engage,” Ms Robertson said.”And then I think you have actually got another group of students who don’t necessarily have the intention of upsetting, offending, being disrespectful.”But where this is such a normalised behaviour, and where they don’t tend to get the upstanders in the group, who just leave or say ‘I don’t feel comfortable saying this’, where so many of them do just sit back and watch it, it’s OK – it gives them a sense of this is just how things are today.”  Four in ten boys see offensive “memes” daily She said that children tend to share racist and sexist jokes in private group messages over social media sites such as What’s App and Instagram.But just one group member could take a screenshot of the conversation and reveal its contents to a wider audience, she added. School boys are using memes and social media to make rape jokes in a bid to score “lad points”, headteachers have been warned.More than a third (36 per cent) of 11-18 year-old boys have shared racist or homophobic pictures, more than double the amount shared by their female peers, according to a poll of 20,000 children.The survey, commissioned by the organisation Digital Awareness UK (DAUK) and Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), found that four in ten boys see offensive memes daily.Emma Robertson, co-founder of DAUK, said that the memes – which could be images, videos or text that are spread online – range from fat-shaming to jokes  about the Holocaust, rape, slavery or comparing black people to animals.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Speaking at the HMC annual conference in Manchester, Ms Robertson told headteachers of the country’s leading schools that teenagers must be careful about sharing these memes online as well as reacting to them. read more