How can we tell if we've had too much of something?

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Welcome to our new Issue! We'll be talking about whether we can have too much news, and what the consequences are if so.

However, to get our thinking going, let's start with a broader question and imagine a person called Ali.

Ali represents a school pupil who just like many of you, is currently learning from home during the lockdown and abiding by all the coronavirus guidelines.

  1. Think of the things in life Ali could have too much of..
  • video-games
  • TV?
  • homework?
  • something else?

2. How could Ali tell if she's had too much of this thing? Fill in the blanks to this sentence:

Ali could tell she has had too much of... by/because...

e.g. Ali could tell she's had too much food because she is getting a tummy ache!


We're looking for other interesting answers to this question which help us understand when we should notice people are having too much of something. Add your answers in the comments below.

Comments (18)

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    22 Feb 2021

    Ali could tell she has had too much of junk food For example. During this time it’s been really hard to get certain foods that people like and most people tend to just stay at home and watch on TV and eat and Ali has done a lot of eating. And even tended to gain more weight than an average.

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  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Feb 2021

    Ali could tell she has had too much time on a screen because her eyes would hurt and she would become bored.We now have homework set online because we can't be at school.Therefore, we spend more time looking at screens.

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    23 Feb 2021

    Ali could tell she has had too much TV because she might become lazy and not want to go out for exercise. This could happen currently because we aren't allowed to go to many places or meet up with lots of friends, meaning Ali has nothing to do and ends up watching TV all the time.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg dedicated_starfruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    23 Feb 2021

    Ali can tell she has had too much time on screens because she is not exercising and using exercise time on screens. She is not interacting with family and screens are dominating her family time. She is not practising her hobbies and a screen is distracting Ali from learning her hobbies. If she doesn’t exercise, she will gain weight and she will witness many aches in her body. She will lose relationships with family and she might not be able to have a proper conversation with family. Ali will lose her skills in hobbies that she does and will be unable to develop new skills in her hobbies.

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  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    24 Feb 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    Ali can tell that she has had too much time playing video games because she could be so addicted to doing it that she lags behind her class when doing work or could be staying up late at night playing it. There could be consequences if her parents find out about this and could ban her from playing. There could be arguments in the home, creating a bad atmosphere. Ali could solve this problem by finding a new hobby instead of playing, like birdwatching or doing sports outside. She could also do her work before playing so she feels like it is a reward for finishing all of her work. She could limit her time playing the game so she can have time to do other things.

    Ali can tell that she has had too much time watching TV because she could be tired and her eyes may ache. She may prioritise watching TV above other things. There could be consequences because too much TV could lead to her having to wear glasses. She could become lazy and not want to do anything else. This could lead to her not doing much homework and not concentrating while doing online lessons, as she could be watching TV during them. She could solve this problem by restricting how long she watches TV, like I mentioned with the video games earlier, or could instead read a book to get information or excitement.

    Ali could tell that she has had too much homework because she could get really stressed or anxious if she has not finished a piece of homework. Some of the consequences if she is given too much homework are that she may not finish work in time, and could be punished by her teachers or parents. Also, she could constantly be behind in her work, so may need help. She could solve these problems by asking for help when she doesn't understand things, and stay calm when doing her work by allowing herself to have short breaks once in a while.

    Ali can tell that she has had too much exercise because she may be very tired and could have hurt one of her muscles. She may exercise a lot to keep fit during lockdown, but may do it more than she should. One of the consequences could be that she may pull a muscle, meaning that she could be hurt and cannot do exercise for a few months or more before it heals. She could solve this problem by only doing a certain amount of exercise per day so she can relax and not stress her body too much.

    Finally, Ali can tell that she has spent too much time at home because she may feel lonely and isolated. She may have not gone outside for a long time due to lockdown. The consequences could be that she may have no fresh air and may feel that her life is the same every day. Ali could also not be able to communicate with her peers because she may not have experienced talking or interacting to another person other than her family for a long time. She could solve this by going outside for a walk to get fresh air and exercise or call her friends to see them again, which could lift her spirits.
    Thanks for reading.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      eager_reflection's comment 25 Feb 2021

      A very in-depth answer! What about too much news - could any of your answers link to that?

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      1. Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2021

        Hi Tom,
        I think that if Ali read or watched too much news, she could be deceived if she follows only one certain source. This is because the source could be biased but as it is the only one she follows, she believes it. On the other hand, if she reads a few sources, she may still be confused because they may contradict each other, so she doesn't know which ones she should trust. If she doesn't understand, she should look at it in more detail. I think that she should try different sources or ways to get that information, which I mentioned in my previous comment if she watched too much TV, she could read a book to still get that feeling. Similarly, she could try reading a newspaper or listen to the radio to still get that information. In summary, I have learnt that she should have a balanced amount of everything, as too much of something can lead to some problems.
        Thanks,
        eager_reflection

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  • Caister Academy logo independent_leopard | Caister Academy
    25 Feb 2021

    Ali could tell that she's had too much time with the people in her household if she becomes short-tempered and frustrated at them easily. Of course, this has been a fairly good time to bond with family members in your house as we've been inside with them for so long, but maybe she spend some alone time in the garden for instance, or she could go out on a social distanced walk with one of her friends.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg creative_moth | Upton Cross Primary School
    26 Feb 2021

    If she has had a lot of video-games then that means she is maybe gaining weight as she is now addicted.Her mind is not being exercised by doing extra-curricular activities.She is staying behind on homework and studying so she doesn’t understand stuff at school.Video-games are affecting her mentally because she is not spending time with her family which is straining her relationship with her relationship.The whole day she is only thinking about video-games.This can delivery her attention.

    Too much homework can make her stressed and anxious.She might wanna have some fun and do other curricular activities but homework is getting in her way.A lot of homework can also make her get in trouble as she couldn’t finish it.She could also not understand something but not have time to go over it.Ali could potentially get glasses from too much reading or homework.It is also mentally impacting her as she doesn’t have time to talk to someone.If she stays up at night to do the remaining homework then it could damage her sleep and routine.

    If she watches too much TV then it could damage like I have said before.She could get addicted to it and not do something else.Maybe other family members want to watch TV but she is always using it which could lead to arguments and stress.She could also then start to be lazy,not wanting to do homework or any exercise.Making her behind on a lot of stuff.

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  • Hammond School logo super_chicken | Hammond Junior School B
    26 Feb 2021

    Dear BNC,
    Ali could tell if she had too much homework if she is getting fed up with answering questions and doing homework. She could also tell if she is overwhelmed with how much work she is getting.

    Ali could tell if she was watching TV too much if her eyes start to hurt or start to water from watching. She could also tell if she fell asleep whilst watching it.

    Ali could tell if she had too much of video games because she might get addicted and want to play all day, everyday . She could also tell if she is always talking about the game.

    Thank you for reading
    super_chicken

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    27 Feb 2021

    Ali can tell she’s had too much time playing video games by becoming addicted to it which could lead to some emotional signs or symptoms of video game addiction such as; feelings of restlessness and/or irritability when unable to play, lack of focus and concentration and constantly thinking about wanting to go online to continue playing, and prediction of the next online session. Lying to friends or family regarding the amount of time spent playing which could cause distance and trouble in relationships, sudden anger or grumpiness when she does not get her own way and even not paying attention in class, which could affect her academic learning.
    You could fix this by setting time limits for your gaming time,plan a rota and stick by it, earn your time playing by doing useful things around the house like chores, spend more time with other people, find interesting, new hobbies such bird-watching or gardening which adds to another solution to get outside more, go out for a walk or jog, kick the ball.

    Ali can tell she’s had too much time watching tv because it might affect your work and studies, leave you less time with families, you might also notice some emotional distress including; irritability, restlessness, anxiety, laziness and intense desire to watch tv all the time and not getting normal hours of sleep.It could also cause you eyesight problems and strain, blurriness which can lead to headaches too. Fidgety and blinking eyes, because video games and tv are quite similar for they’re both screen, both causes the same effects, solutions and consequences e.g. arguments and shouting that could be continuous if you don’t solve it for, if you argue for a long time, they aren’t always easy to fix and you will find yourself miserable and moody a lot of the time.

    Ali could tell she’s done too much homework by have the exact, sudden craves for video games and tv, but in different ways for different people, for example, not wanting to go to school or feelings of demotivation for class because you haven’t finished your homework, asking for help trying on their own or even if they understand the assignment, stay up late to get their homework done, complain about headaches or other physical issues during school(home) hours and last but not least argue about finishing and starting on homework or, yell at you when you offer to help or when you’re generally just asking questions about it; (“Leave me alone!” “Why aren’t you helping me the way I need you to?”) These are just a few of the many examples. To solve this, all you need to do is relax and stay calm more to help you focus with a clear head and to spend more time doing other things to get your mind off worrying about homework constantly. You do what you can, and do your best. Do research and keep up practicing every evening and on weekends especially on particular subjects you feel you need to improve.

    Ali can tell she’s had too much junk food and sweets by being addicted to it, gained weight, experience mood swings often, skin spots might break out, few (or more) cavities or you could run out of energy pretty often. In addition, it’s also very bad and unhealthy for your teeth to have too much sugar, you could have decay and your teeth will turn black and rot away which then results in removing your teeth.
    To avoid this, you can try; drinking more water and diluted soft drinks but not fizzy drinks - thirst is often confused with hunger or food cravings, plan healthy meals, get more sleep, eat more protein and you could talk to a friend about it - about any problem or anything like this, can help you understand it better and makes you feel better too, like that quote; ‘If you don’t get it off your chest, you’ll never be able to breathe’.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      discreet_drum's comment 01 Mar 2021

      You have a clearly done your research here - well done! Can you provide links to the websites you used to help you? This will help other people to research more and verify your information.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    01 Mar 2021

    Thanks Olivia!! I got most of my information from BBC news

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  • Hammond School logo eager_mango | Hammond Junior School F
    05 Mar 2021

    I think that something else would be better because when you watch TV you are looking at a screen, when you play video game you’re looking at a screen, when you do your homework because were in lockdown you were looking at the screen on your iPad. That why Else is better.

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  • Hammond School logo bold_cello | Hammond Junior School E
    05 Mar 2021

    You can tell if Ali had to much screen time because she would bored and her head would be hurting.

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  • Hammond School logo eager_mango | Hammond Junior School F
    05 Mar 2021

    I can tell that Ali has is having too much video game time because she will get really really tired really really quick playing video games and she’ll get addicted and doesn’t want to stop playing.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    10 Mar 2021

    Maybe Ali is very edicted to games and hasn't been going outside. Going to much on the phone isnt gonna help you with school. It does help with eye sight AT ALL. And its is very bad ofr your knowledge.

    This wont help you. If your on it to much, you get distracted from oding stuff. (e.g homework, reading, ) its might even start making you shout at you parrents if they take away your phone. Take a rest from any devices for a day. When you get addicted you dont want to do "ANYTHING"! They created phones to have contact with people not to play. (even tho i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee playing games hheeh) What do you guys think about games?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    10 Mar 2021

    She would get tired really reallllllly quick, like i am right now ha !

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