Leading child protection officer supports school principals and urges girls from FOUR to wear “modest shorts” to protect them from “upskirting” – but parents say politics is “body shameful”.
- Many teenagers now wear shorts under skirts to protect themselves from upskirting
- Elementary schools are introducing shorts under skirts to prevent “undue attention”
- Some parents disagree, saying that young girls should “be free to do wheel turns”
The UK Child Protection Commissioner has supported elementary schools where girls aged four and over are encouraged to wear “modest shorts” under their skirts to protect themselves from predators – but parents say the move amounts to shaming their children.
Wearing shorts under skirts has become popular in recent years with teenagers seeking protection from sexual harassment and “upskirting,” which involves taking unauthorized photos under the victim’s clothing.
Now primary school principals are warning parents of the dangers of “inappropriate attention” by the public while teenagers participate in activities such as handstands in the playground.
Some elementary schools have told girls as young as four to wear “modest shorts” under skirts
Changes to the official school uniform policy have been introduced for children aged four and over.
Now Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk and head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council on Child Protection, has endorsed the idea of wearing modest shorts, though he added Policies should be put in place in relation to combating misogyny and sexual harassment across society.
Simon Bailey, who heads the National Police Chiefs Council on Child Protection, has been helping elementary schools advise young girls to wear shorts under their skirts
Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said: “In my opinion, all that can be done to make sure young girls feel more secure has to be good news, even modest shorts, but at the same time the culture in schools has to change . ” Time.’
Dell Primary School in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, and Parkside Primary Academy in Royston, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire have written and advised parents to wear shorts under sundresses.
In a statement posted on a Facebook parenting page, Steve King, principal of Dell Primary School, said, “While we do not want to give messages to children that they are responsible for the actions of others, we cannot watch the actions of children with inappropriate attention from members of the public but did not act to protect them. ‘
Wearing “humility shorts” means physical shame for their daughters, some parents argue
However, some parents are upset that their young daughters were asked to cover up.
One parent said, “Children should have the freedom to bike, hang upside down and do whatever they want before the inevitable hang-ups of puberty.”
Conservative MP Maria Miller, former chair of the Women’s and Equal Opportunities Committee who conducted an investigation into sexual harassment in schools, said the introduction of the mandatory uniform change would need to address broader issues.
She said: “It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of children in schools and not to put that responsibility on them and their clothes.”
Conservative MP Maria Miller said responsibility for the safety of children should not “be placed on them and what they wear”.