ARE BOYS AND GIRLS TREATED THE SAME?

OUR SUR­VEY ASKS YOU WHETHER LIFE IS FAIR FOR BRI­TAIN’S KIDS

First News - - Front Page - by Ian Eddy

THE news this week has been filled with sto­ries of pow­er­ful men be­hav­ing badly, mainly towards women they work with.

Af­ter lots of ac­tresses made ac­cu­sa­tions against the fa­mous Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, women and men all around the world have been speak­ing out about their ex­pe­ri­ences of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour, nasty com­ments and un­fair­ness.

Many posted us­ing #MeToo, and the huge re­sponse led some to say that this could lead to pos­i­tive changes in so­ci­ety.

This week’s sto­ries have in­volved ev­ery­one from celebri­ties and MPs, to the most ju­nior peo­ple at a com­pany. But we want to know what it’s like for peo­ple your age. Do you think girls and boys are treated the same at your school, at home and else­where? What about when it comes to things like school uni­forms?

At­ti­tudes, opin­ions and be­hav­iours form at a young age, so we’d like to hear your views and sto­ries.

IF you’ve read our front page story, you’ll know that equal­ity is a big is­sue at the mo­ment. We’ve heard all about the adults’ points of view, so now we’d like to hear what you think about how girls and boys are treated. Are you treated the same? Are there times when it’s ever okay not to be?

We want to get your opin­ions so that we can share them with First News read­ers in a fu­ture is­sue and get an idea of how Bri­tain’s boys and girls see things.

To com­plete the sur­vey, you can ei­ther fill out this form and post it back to us, or go to the ad­dress be­low to do it on­line. Or why not ask your teacher if you can have a class de­bate about it? You can ask them to pho­to­copy this form so that each per­son can fill it in, or just com­plete the sur­vey on­line after­wards.

1. What gen­der are you? ..................................... 2. Do you think boys and girls are treated the same? a) by other pupils? ..................................... b) by teach­ers? .......................................... c) by par­ents? ............................................ Com­ments: ......................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................

3. Do you ever hear sex­ist com­ments about you or your friends, like “Don’t be such a girl” or “Boys shouldn’t cry”? Yes/No ............................................ Com­ments: ......................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................

4. Should boys and girls have the same school uni­form choices? Yes/No ............................................ Com­ments: ......................................................................................................... .............................................................................................................................

5. Who are judged more on their looks: boys, girls, or both the same? Your an­swer and any com­ments: ............................................................................. .................................................................................................................................. ..................................................................................................................................

6. Should boys and girls al­ways be treated the same? Yes/No ............................................ Com­ments: ............................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................................

7. There is a phrase, “ladies first”, when a man stands back to let a woman pass first. Is this good man­ners, or out of date? Your an­swer and any com­ments: ......................... ............................................................................... ............................................................................... ............................................................................... ............................................................................... ...............................................................................

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