Session 1: what's an infodemic?

Play, pause, talk BNC session video!

Join Tom and Olivia for this week's session. In this video, we'll walk you through each activity, give examples and hints, and then ask you to pause and complete the activities in your own time. Check it out!

Scroll down for all of the activities from this session. Note - the asteroid news story is NOT real!

STEP 1

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  • Are you surprised by any of these numbers?
  • How long could you avoid seeing or hearing any news for?

CHALLENGE: where does everyone in your extended family (cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents etc.) find their news? Work out the percentages for each source and see how they compare with the UK average.


STEP 2

You'll be travelling through time for this activity! Try to answer all of the questions from two points of view. Firstly, imagine you have travelled back in time 100 years to 1921 and answer from that perspective. Then, answer the questions again but imagine you live 100 years in the future in 2121 not 2021!

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  • How are your answers different each time you do this? Are there any similarities?

STEP 3

Read through these facts.

A Google search of “news” brings up 12,180,000,000 hits.

There are an estimated 73,000 journalists in the UK.

Globally, over 3.5 billion people have a smartphone with access to news apps

In the UK alone, there are 477 free television channels.

Adults in the UK find their news from around seven different sources.

  • Can there ever be too much news?

STEP 4

Read through these breaking news cards.

  • Can you summarise this pretend news story in one sentence? Out of 10, how difficult is it to do? (where 0 = very easy and 10 = very difficult). Why?

Read the cards again BUT this time, only read the TELEVISION, NEWSPAPER and RADIO ones.

  • Now can you summarise this pretend news story in one sentence? Out of 10, how difficult is it to do? (where 0 = very easy and 10 = very difficult). Why?
  • Why does this feel different to the first summary you gave?
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STEP 5

Time to debate! Find someone to have a debate with at home and debate both sides of this statement. Use the sentence starters to kick you off.

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CHALLENGE: how does the news empower people?

Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.

Comments (78)

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_twilight | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    In this session, I learnt that most people watch the television much more than anything else. This means that, if people keep on watching the television, that may end end up as what they would do all day. This would be bad for your mental health and it means they would not want to get up and exercise or even go and take a walk. This means that, if you are in the house all day because you are watching tv, you may be late for work which means you could get fired and loose all of your money, even your house! Your boss may not be to happy if your excuse for being late was watching tv. Also, if you do nothing but watch tv and go on social media, the screens may affect your eyes or, if you are on it to long, you may get VERY tired and keep falling asleep, maybe you might fall asleep in work or at school. My side of the debate would be that people should not watch the television so much. They could watch it for a little bit, especially If they need to listen to news about the pandemic. Apart from this, people should have a schedule for a certain time on tv and electronics. This is actually what I do, for example, I only have 3 hours a day on my phone and I am only allowed 1 hour a day on my PlayStation. I think that is a good schedule.
    Thank you for reading

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_petal | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    1. They are most likely to happen now because now we have internet, social media and lots of channels. However, then they only had a black and white tv with about 9 channels.
    2. A infodemic may make some-one feel overwhelmed. This could be because they could be scared of all the news everywhere. It could also be because they have anxiety and could be scared of what the pandemic could bring.

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  • Cheam Common logo digital_forest | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    22 Feb 2021

    i am surprised with the numbers at the top TV wow i think people would find it in social media,newspapers or radio

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      digital_forest's comment 04 Mar 2021

      Hi digital_forest, why would you think people would prefer to find news in TV or social media rather than other sources?

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  • Cheam Common logo digital_forest | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    22 Feb 2021

    on were people find their news

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jazzed_wildcat | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    So many people follow social media so i thought that would be higher but agree with the tv as everyone has and watches tv, i asked family and they said facebook links and a page on aphone app called in my area to see the latest news, after asking 6 people in my family only my Grandad said the news on tv the others said social media like twitter or facebook links.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    hi Olivia and Tom!
    For step one:
    i am surprised that 7% of people dont follow the news! Also i never knew citezens watched so much tv! this could be bad for their eyes and could end up in a mental health problem or not care about life around them if they watch too much.
    Like i said, i dont know how 7% of people do NOT follow news. i couldn't go 2 days without it!

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    Next, (yes its me again) for step three.
    it is definatly possible to have an overload of news because you could forget some.
    Think like hydration, it's great to have loads of liquid but eventually you would have drank waaaaay too much and your body couldn't handle it all.
    This could happen with your brain too.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo adventurous_raisin | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    Dear BNC,
    Step 1.
    I am surprised that 31% of people find news by word of mouth.
    Step 2.
    Can there ever be too much news?
    Yes , for an example at the start when we did not know much about COVID19 there were lots of different things people said about it and it was like we were being bombarded with lots of different things about COVID19 and did not know what was true and what was false.
    Step 4.
    In a summary, I would say that there is a dangerous asteroid that is going to hit earth and some people say it is a UFO. Infodemics are more likely to happen now than in the past because now we have lots of different ways to get the news from different sources.
    Step 5.
    Yes because it can guide you through fake news to tell you that it is fake.

    Personal preference:
    I think that it is good to be getting news from different sources because if you got it from different sources that means that you learn that there is other theories and other things about that certain topic.
    This is all my personal opinion so if you do not agree I apologise.
    Adventurous_raisin xoxo

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    1. Hammond School logo helpful_sparrow | Hammond Junior School B
      adventurous_raisin's comment 26 Feb 2021

      hi adventurous_raisin at the moment people cant really talk about news mouth to mouth because of COVID this is why few people can talk mouth to mouth

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  • Penketh Primary Logo adventurous_raisin | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    Thanks I think that this new topic will be quite interesting.
    Also thanks for the video.
    Adventurous_raisin xoxo

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    For step four:
    An astroid has been spotted near earth and news is spreading like wildfire. score:4/10
    The tv,radio and newspaper:
    these were more interested in what it looked like and when you would see it.score 5/10

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  • Penketh Primary Logo jubilant_pigeon | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    I'm shocked that social media is only 44 percent because normally people wake up in the morning and whilst there in bed they will check the news on Facebook, snap chat ,Instagram etc. as it is so accessible everywhere . I'm also shocked that word of mouth is only 41 percent because especially during covid 19 many people have been calling each other and catching up and talking about the news . I think news is important because no one will no what's going on in the world without it.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg astounding_writer | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    I think the news empowers people by making them more knowledgable by letting them know what’s going on in the world.

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    1. image002.jpg EXPERT: Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG
      astounding_writer's comment 12 Mar 2021

      Hi astounding _writer Thankyou for your comment do tiu think the news presents Whdt is going on fairly and without bias? Do you think either could misrepresent the facts?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg intelligent_personality | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    I think the news empowers people by to make them understand what they are going through or to tell them what has happened recently in the pandemic . The news actually keeps us safe by telling us to stay in doors or the news tells us if there is going to be another lockdown . It is good to watch the news because you might not of heard that we are going in another lockdown but if you, watch the news you would of known

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_volcano | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    In this session, I have learnt that we have to listen to Boris because of covid 19 and if you turned the tv of then you wouldn’t know the news because your tv is of.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg assertive_whale | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    I think u should watch the news because of the pandemic you need to know what’s going on with the virus and how and why it’s spreading across the globe. Lots of people watch the news but not everyone because they think COVID is a joke and it’s serious because it’s making people sick and die so I think you should watch the news and also Borris Jonson also is encharge of making the decitions of are contry.

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_apple | The Morley Academy
    22 Feb 2021

    The fake news on social media will spread easily because of the amount of people and then people will repost it time and time again so there is more chance everyone seeing it. There is also lots of people on social media to see it.

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    1. Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo balanced_coyote | Cyfarthfa Park Primary C
      comfortable_apple's comment 25 Feb 2021

      I agree and most of the people don't care whether its reliable information or not. Social media can be dangerous because some people believe it without facts.

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

        Why do you think social media is so dangerous?

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    2. image002.jpg EXPERT: Tom Clements, Manager @ KPMG
      comfortable_apple's comment 12 Mar 2021

      Thankyou for your interesting comment have tiu considered that reposting on social media can create What is called an ‘echo chamber” where only things that people want to hear or agree with reposted so there is no actual debate or fair representation of the facts

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  • Penketh Primary Logo serious_guitar | Penketh Primary School
    22 Feb 2021

    I spoke to my family members and 20% watch the news on social media and 60% watch on tv. I spoke to my mum about this because she said she watched the news on social media, Boris normally comes on at 5pm and she is normally cooking tea then so has it on her phone through Facebook. My step dad is normally still at work so he has it on his phone too so neither really have the chance to go on and sit down in front of the television.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      serious_guitar's comment 22 Feb 2021

      Good research, serious_guitar! Do you think the way you get the news will change as you get older?

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  • Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
    23 Feb 2021

    Hi BNC! Lots of steps today so be prepeared for a LOOONNNNNGGGGG comment 🤣!

    Step 1:

    - I am surprised so many people see it from the TV, I would of thought most people see it on social media/other websites or apps like my parents, although I thought it would be quite high up especially for the older citizens (like my grandparents).

    - It depends on the news, if it's really important it would be hard, especially if LOTS of people are taking about it and discussing it! Probably about a day? That's the longest!

    ⭐️= I sorta of said earlier in the step! 🤣! That was an accident!

    Step 2:

    [IN THE PAST]

    1. I am a 10-year-old child called Elizabeth with a younger brother (age 3) called Johnathan. I work for 6 and 1/2 hours a day at a factory. Johnathan will work there too when he turns 5. I have to scrub clean shoes and machines, and wear my dirty apron and small cap with tiny frills at the sides. I help out Mamma when I am not working, and Papa is also a factory worker at a different men's factory 15 miles away. We do not have any way of travelling but walking - so Papa lives closer to the factory so he only has to walk 5 miles to get there. I have to walk 6 miles to get to MY factory. We don't even have any shoes.

    2. MOST LIKLEY TO BE USED IN THIS PERIOD---Word of the mouth---Newspapers---Radios---Don't follow the news---Magazines---TV---Other websites/apps---Social media---LEAST LIKLEY TO BE USED IN THIS PERIOD

    Reasons- I have read a lot of books set in the Victorian era, so I know some of what kind of life style they had back in that time. They had black and white TVs in the very late era I think, but DEFINITELY not social media.

    3. I believe they are less likely to come across fake news in this time than in 2021, because the majority of fake news is on the internet when you think about it, and they didn't have much 'internet' in that era. If not none.

    4. Probably a week, as without social media news spreads slower.

    5. They might say, if they saw a social media page saying about the Covid-19 situation written be C0V1D-I9-R3P0RTER, they might say, 'Wow! How did you find that out? How did you get that tiny writing in that thing? How did you fit C0V1D-I9-R3P0RTER in that tiny thing (a phone)? Who ON EARTH did you find a vaccine? Wait what is a vaccine again?" 🤣🤣🤣

    [IN THE FUTURE]

    1. Hello my name is Kayleigh Alexa Marian Slate and I am a ten-year-old girl. I am now at Twonior school (I tried to make up a good name! 🤣), the second school in a school girl's young career. We do our work online, in a special classroom, where we all have an IPadpod - a new invention which crosses an IPhone, IPad and laptop - to do our work on. We spend 5 hours there, before going home, and having some leisure time. We get to school by taking a Trarer (a flying car!) or we take the UniCabin. This is an invention where it's a cabin, but it has wheels like a car.

    2. MOST LIKLEY TO BE USED IN THIS PERIOD---Social media---Other apps of websites---TV---Radio--Word of mouth---Don't follow the news---Magazines---Newspapers---LEAST LIKLEY TO BE USED IN THIS PERIOD

    Reasons- As we disscused in the last issue, we (that is to say us BNC users) believe that the use of technology will go up in the future, so I think that the more technology-using ways to get the news will be used more in this period.

    3. Yes, because as I said before, I think fake news spreads more on the internet and so it will get spread even more than in 2021.

    4. Depending (again!) on the news, and this time whether they have a phone or not! Probably 3 hours.

    5. I think they would be surprised at how we 'hardly' use technology, and how we print so many things and do it on paper!

    Step 3:

    Yes, I believe there can be to much news in two ways -
    1) The news get pulled on top of each other and there's so much you can't see half of it and then you might miss something important!
    2) If you take in and read to much news it might get to much and be to overwhelming you forget about it!

    Step 4:

    - Wow! Probably 8!! There is so many different stories and something to take from each and NO WAY that would fit in one sentence! More like 10 sentences!
    - Maybe 5? This is a lot easier because it (in my opinion) is more of the facts and then obviously there is less of them.

    Thanks for reading, and perhaps I'll do step 5 (the debate) in a post of mine so look out for that 👀! Thanks again for reading my comment for Session 1, and check out my posts!
    analytical_sea xx

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      analytical_sea's comment 23 Feb 2021

      Well done, analytical_sea! It's been great reading your answers here, hearing your opinion and I really enjoyed the creativity you've put into the past and future task! I look forward to reading your comments on other posts and seeing you reply to other BNC members!

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      1. Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 23 Feb 2021

        Thanks Olivia for a star on possibly my longest comment ever! 🤣❤️👀⭐️

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    23 Feb 2021

    Step 1
    I was surprised that not many people use newspapers.
    Not long because you would probably end up hearing news on the TV or hear people around you talking about it.


    Step 2
    1921:

    We have just finished the First World War, so everyone is positive. New inventions are coming out all the time.

    Sources of news:

    Word of Mouth
    Newspapers
    Magazines
    Radio
    Don’t follow News
    TV (none at all)
    Other websites/ apps (none at all)
    Social media (none at all)

    Less likely to hear news because there was no social media which is a common source of fake news. However, if someone got their news mainly from word of mouth, information could be misheard.

    They could avoid hearing news for longer as there were no online sources of information.

    People would find our way of getting news strange because our main source of news in TV which would be strange to people living in 1921.

    2121:

    Not many people go to work because of the new machines that do all the work for us. We get to places in record time thanks to new Levitating AirCraft.

    Sources of News:

    Social Media
    Apps/ websites
    TV
    Radio
    Magazines
    Word of Mouth
    Newspapers
    Don’t follow the News (not many but some people would get fake news)


    More likely to hear fake news because social media would be more prominent which is a common source of fake news.

    Not very long because they would probably see lots of news online.

    They would probably find it quite normal, but a bit old fashioned.

    Step 3
    I think there can be too much news because not all of it could be true and people could feel overwhelmed and get confused between what’s true and what’s not.

    Step 4
    Scientists think there is an asteroid heading towards earth, but some people think the government or the scientist who discovered it are hiding something.

    It is quite hard because there are lots of opinions from different people.

    Scientists are reporting that a giant asteroid, nicknamed Jumbo, is heading to Earth at 85,000 mph.

    It is easier because there are just the facts, whereas in the first one, there were lots of opinions.

    Infodemics are more likely to happen now than in the past because there are much more news sources than there were, so it is more likely to have an overflow of information from lots of different sources.
    An infodemic might make people feel scared or worried because a lot of fake news can be worrying or scary, even though it’s not true.

    Step 5
    The News empowers people because what they think is going on in the world might change their views and their actions.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      sceptical_rainforest's comment 23 Feb 2021

      A fantastic report on your learning from this session. Well done!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School upbeat_thought | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    24 Feb 2021

    HI BNC I was so surprised when I saw the amounts of use in tv smart phones and more

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

    step 1.
    I think that TV and social media would be the highest way in which people receive their news, as a lot of people around the world normally have a TV to watch the news. I think social media would be popular with younger generations, although you cannot always trust social media because it does sometimes have fake news. I thought that the newspapers would be the least popular is outdated.

    Step 2.
    If I had to travel back 100 years into the past, I would see people reading newspapers and listening to the radio being. I think that the order of popularity in this time is newspaper first, radio second and word of mouth third.
    If I went 100 years into the future, I would see everyone using TV and phones and other digital technologies. there will be a low chance of people using the newspapers and the radios. I think that the order of the uses is TV first, social media second, other apps third, radio is fourth and the rest will be likely be the least used.

    step 4.
    Scientists have found an asteroid that you can see on Tuesday. Lenny Jarvis says that the government is hiding something like aliens. The asteroid is the size of Scotland and could wipe out the whole of humanity. In the sky it will look like shooting stars. Some people say that Emma Brixton is hiding a weapon to save us all. Out of 10 I would say it was an 8 as it was hard.

    step 5.
    In this session I learnt that social media is the second most used news website even though it does lie sometimes as people can publish information that is not fact. So I think that we should be careful when using social media.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg shining_journalist | Upton Cross Primary School
    24 Feb 2021

    Hello shining_journalist here!😃
    And these are my response for the questions/tasks! Prepare because this is a long one!😃
    Step 1
    I was shocked that Televisions were first because I thought it would’ve been social media because we are normally on phones, computers more often because schools are shut down and most things like non-essential places are now shut down due to the virus
    I also thought it would’ve been newspapers as well because when we sometimes go out to get groceries we tend to see people giving newspapers around about the world issues.Im still shocked on how people can manage with the tv.
    Step 2
    2121:
    Well rarely go out to work now, because all of the machines and robots do it all for us so we really get to do what ever we want.We don’t use those old microwaves because we have these cool modern mugs which you can make it hot or cold we don’t have those watches that the 2021 people had we have these cool ones which is you have a bracelet and you can chose any colour you would like and there is a button and when you click it you get a menu on what would you want so if you want food then you can get delivered straight to you in 5 minutes because the robots are doing it!
    We don’t really get lots of fake news we get fake news on like gaming stuff like that.
    1921:
    I’m 1921 whatever type of person you where it would’ve chosen your future if you were poor then you would’ve not have a great future you would be in the cold damp streets on the other hand if you were rich then no need to worry you would’ve gotten a big house, amazing education by great teachers, beautiful clothes.
    Step 3:
    I believe there can be too much news because we are most likely to find news about important things, a bit important things and then you get things that aren’t important at all so to summarise this question yes there can be a lot of news in the world.
    Step 4:
    Wow!probably social media because we use smart phones a lot and we look at social media so it without social media you wouldn’t get news fast it would slow.
    Step 5:

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

    Step1:

    I was surprised that only 44% go on social media for news and that it was second on the chart because, on social media you can watch or read the news anytime you want, whereas news on tv comes on early as 6am as well as on evenings - so you might miss watching the news if you are busy with work and other things.

    I wouldn’t spend a lot of time watching the news because I am of junior age and it is not something that I would see myself take an interest in now, as I am not a grown up yet to understand a lot of it.
    If i was to watch some news, I wouldn’t watch it for too long because I’d probably end up hearing things from my parents or from other people.

    Step2:

    1921

    It’s been really calm and conflict-free now since the war ended, everyone’s really happy and positive that we won’t have any more wars. I’m happy as well, even though I still have to work in a factory for 7 and ½ hours each day. Since factories are really far away, it is about 10 miles away, and as we’re really poor, we don’t have shoes or proper clothes for this kind of weather here; rain, rain and more rain.



    . Word of mouth
    . Newspapers
    . Magazines
    . Don’t follow the news
    . Radio
    .Other websites and apps
    . Tv
    . Social media

    Reason - I put ‘word of mouth’ first because in the past, there was no technology, there was a job called ‘town crier’ where people used to shout news on the streets for people to hear. I put all the items to do with technology at the bottom of my list because technology didn’t exist then, so I put it in the order out of which one was invented first.

    In my point of view, I believe that they are less likely to come across misinformation due to the fact that they didn’t have the internet, so the news they got and heard was mainly from newspapers.

    Not long, because any form of news could be news to them e.g. someone’s getting married, someone had a baby.

    They would probably say “Wow, what is that! How did you get all that tiny writing into that rectangle box thing?” They would also think that it’s crazy and strange that we can watch our news on a tv screen, whereas they just hear the news in the streets as an open public thing.

    In the future:

    I go to Robotin School where we are taught by robots that are built inside ipads. To get there you could either travel in a carF (flying car) or could go on escal - ments which are basically flat escalators that replace pavements where you don’t walk, you just stand. The latest invention is a see-through, long screen which goes around you and lets you choose the temperature and weather just for you.


    . Social media
    . TV
    . Other websites and apps
    . Radio
    . Don’t follow the news
    . Magazines
    . Newspapers

    Reason - As we all know, technology is improving everyday and more people are using it, so I thought that in the future, technology would be the first option to find out the news.

    It’s more likely that people would come across misinformation because the internet is already packed with it, so think how much misinformation we’ll have in the future, so many different topics of so much information mixed with false and truth.

    I would say about 5 hours because they would have even more social media than we have now.

    They might say what we say about the 1900; old - fashioned.

    Step3:
    According to these facts, of course there can be too much news. We have too many news channels discussing the same things at similar and different times. it’s the same with news online, sometimes news can give you a bit TOO much information, with a lot of irrelevant and unnecessary details.

    Step4:

    A large asteroid has been spotted which could harm Earth and humanity, some say scientist Emma Brixton could save us and Earth, people who don’t believe in it think it’s aliens.

    It was 4/10 because there was too much information and most of it was fake so it was tricky to word it a bit.

    Scientists have discovered a new asteroid traveling towards Earth and have named it ‘Jumbo’ and have said that it will look like a shooting star.

    I would say it 1/10 because the tv, radio and newspaper ones were true and there was a good amount of information as well which made it easier than the first so all I had to do was summarise it.
    It feels different to the first summary because it’s more simple and also sounds like it’s actually true. However, in the first summary, it sounds a bit fake because everyone’s saying different things about it.

    Step5 Challenge:

    News empowers people because it gives them facts and information to make decisions and actions that could change the world.

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

      Some really interesting points, discreet_drum! Imaginative time-travel and also well done for attempting the challenges. What's the most important thing you learnt from this session?

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo willing_dove | Cyfarthfa Park Primary C
    25 Feb 2021

    I think that the tv should be the most popular because most people have them

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

    Hi, I just wanted to say what did you think of my comment because I did write a lot, was my comment ok?

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    1. Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo persistent_wolverine | Cyfarthfa Park Primary C
      discreet_drum's comment 25 Feb 2021

      hello discreet_drum's I think your comment was great and and had lots of great points

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

        What did you agree with most?

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  • Cyfarthfa Park Primary logo balanced_coyote | Cyfarthfa Park Primary C
    25 Feb 2021

    I wouldn't spend much time looking at the news on any media, i rely on my parents to tell me the things they think i should know. I think they would know the difference between fact and fake news.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Hashina Nagar @ KPMG
      balanced_coyote's comment 25 Feb 2021

      Thanks for your comment balanced_coyote. With your statement, do you think therefore that adults (like your parents) are always able to spot fake news from fact?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    25 Feb 2021

    Life in 1921:
    1.
    There were a few cars on the road,lots of people read newspapers.Car tax discs were introduced,Chequers court became an official residence of the prime minister.Unemployment stands at 927,000.
    2.Word of mouth,Radio,Newspapers,Don't follow the news,Magazines,Television,Other websites,Social media.
    3. More likely because of the internet some people just post news without checking if it is really true.
    4. 1 month
    5. Different

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School strong_tangerine | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    25 Feb 2021

    Hi it's strong_tangerine here and this is what I think.
    I was surprised that 7% of people don't follow the news, I think that if people didn't follow the news then they would just have to follow along on what other people do eg. The stay at home was introduced. I'm someone that doesn't follow the news and if I see that no-one is going out and everyone is keeping far apart, then I would either:
    A. Follow along with what they're doing and just have to hope for the best
    B. ask someone that walks past you or ask a friend
    So if you follow the news you will know what you need to do rather that just toddling along with what other people are doing so that you can make the right decisions to keep you and all the people around you safe as well.

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

      Do you want to follow the news more, strong_tangerine?

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School strong_tangerine | Lyons Hall Primary School D
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 04 Mar 2021

        Well yes I think I, and other people should follow the news more because it helps us know what's going on in the world around us.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School decisive_politics | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    26 Feb 2021

    I am surprised by the bar chart because I thought more people use social media.
    I try and avoid the news because I find it quite boring .
    I think there can be to much news because my parents get bored and they love it.
    Summary
    In short, an asteroid is about to hit Earth a scientist is hiding equipment that can stop it from hitting Earth and news is being spread.
    An asteroid is approaching Earth travelling 85,000 miles an hour you will be able to see it on Tuesday.
    Thanks for reading
    Decisive_politics

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

    i was surprised to see that more people find out there news on social media than the news paper and news websites.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School reflective_grasshopper | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    26 Feb 2021

    I think to much informations bad because it’s to much to process and understand unless you can be nonbiased

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  • Hammond School logo funny_analysis | Hammond Junior School F
    26 Feb 2021

    it is really interesting to find out what peoples main information soucre is (mine`s the TV) whats yours

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

    I think it’s a lot better using a television or a smart phone to find the news instead of people going out and that could make this pandemic worse

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

    Thank you for the interesting subject.
    I actually wasn't surprised by any of the findings, especially not the social media, as everyone uses it these days.

    100 years in the past 1921
    1. I think that newspapers would have been the most popular source of news back then.
    2. Radio became very popular (over a very short period of time) in the 1920s so I would imagine this would be next.
    3. Word of mouth due to people actually chatting to each other.
    4. Small % wouldn't follow the news as they didn't have access to newspapers/radio (or just didn't care!)

    100 years in future
    1. I think that social media will be taking over the world in the future (we'll hardly be having face to face conversations at all!!)
    2. Getting news from other websites/apps will be next.
    3. TV - (like a tv set in your front-room) won't be used as much, as tv will be accessed via social media.
    4. Radio - less people using these as social media taking over.
    5. Newspapers/magazines will become obsolete as they will be accessible electronically.
    6. A few people won't follow the news.
    7. Word of mouth- unlikely as no-one will chat and socialise in person very much!

    Goodbye from witty_globe, hope you enjoyed my work.

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

    I think tv was the highest in use because not many people are going out talking and newspaper is spreading CORANAVIRUS social media was 2nd because its also like tv and everybody can use it. Thanks for reading!

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School pioneering_drawing | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    26 Feb 2021

    In this lesson I have learnt that people have forgot about reading and is using tv all of the time that is why newspapers are a the lowest(that is bad for your eyes).
    Thank you for a great lesson

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg flowing_strategy | Michael Faraday School
    26 Feb 2021

    Hi BNC!
    STEP 1)
    Personally, I wasn't surprised by the numbers shown in the charts because of how many people have moved to TV and Social Media as their news source. I think I'd be able to go around 5-9 days without any news.

    STEP 2)

    1921
    We are still exhausted after the great war that destroyed Europe, everyone talks to eachother about the news since many of us can't even afford a simple newspaper. Even if we could, they would be soaked and destroyed by the rain that falls.

    1 - Word of Mouth
    2 - Newspapers
    3 - Radio
    4 - Don't Follow the News
    5 - Magazines
    6 - TV
    7 - Social Media (nonexistant)

    Well, I think people are more unlikely to get fake news in 1921 rather than 2021. Since they didn't have social media and stuff, you can only get it from the things listed above. And it's alot less likely you would.

    I think someone would last 2 days. At that time, it was alot more important to hear news than it is now.

    They'd find it, unusual, because everythings on apps and TV now, and everything is about masks, the virus .etc.

    2121:
    Technology has developed so much! We can get anything we need with a click of a button, everything is just so techy, modern and advanced!

    1 - Social Media
    2 - Other Websites or Apps
    3 - TV
    4 - Radio
    5 - Word of Mouth
    6 - Don't follow the news
    7 - Magazines

    I think these people are possibly more likely to encounter fake news, as there will be alot more people joining social media 100 years in the future compared to now, and especially how advanced it has become, theres a chance it could become super easy to spread fake news.

    They would possibly last 8-15 days without news, as there is a chance news won't be as important as now.

    Like we now find 1921 news old fashioned, they will find us old fashioned and weird, as everything is likely to be completely different, all the headlines, all the topics .etc.

    - flowing_strategy

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  • Hammond School logo careful_moose | Hammond Junior School F
    26 Feb 2021

    Hello, here are my answers
    Step 1) I am surprised that 7% of people dont follow news because how would they know what is going on? And also 7% of people get the news from magazines you can not find all the news from magazines.
    2) For me maybe half a day because when I go to Bing or Google there is news everywhere.

    Step 2) my life, 100 years ago: I live in a big house in a farm with my parents and grandparents and 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I am home schooled and I play with marbles. We have a tractor and a horse.
    My life 100 years later: I live in a mansion with my parents and 1 sister. I have a automatic flying car of my own. I go to a private school which is only for me and my friends.
    2) 100 years ago, most likely to least: 1)Word of mouth, 2) newspaper, 3) a rusty radio
    100 years later, most likely to least: 1) a TV that you can wear like glasses, 2) robots in your flying cars 3) friends on social media
    3) 100 years ago people would get more fake news because they didn't have internet to check other websites, 100 years later it is less likely because the news are inspected and checked carefully
    4) 100 years ago was easy to avoid news for long time because people were not using internet and they were not connected. 100 years later is impossible because the news is in front of your eye all the time
    5) 100 years ago, they would have no idea what internet was so they can not believe. 100 years later, too hard for people to search for news and not see them in from of them
    My answers are opposite each other
    Step 3) Yes they can be too much news because some of them are just useless and junk news
    Step 4) Scientists are saying an asteroid is coming fast towards the Earth and might hit the Earth and knock it out of orbit . It was hard to write a sentence because it was hard to include them all. I will give 7 if we include them all. And I will give 5 because they say similar things.
    Step 5) -In this session I learnt TV is the best place to get news and most of people get news from TV.
    - I don't think so, internet is the easiest way to get news because it is everywhere on your phone
    - but not every one has internet but people have TV
    - I agree that not every one has internet but they can also talk to friends to get news if their friends have internet
    - It is true but your friends might not know all the news that you would like to know about
    - I think the person who disagrees with me is kind of right because most people have internet and you can get a lot of news from internet whenever you want

    Hope you liked it
    Careful_moose signing out

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

      I liked it indeed, careful_moose! Great answers! If you surveyed your friends and family about where they get their news from, what do you think the percentages would be? Can you complete that challenge activity and give it a go?!

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_seagull | The Morley Academy
    01 Mar 2021

    The news if consumed from a truthful source empowers people in making the right decisions and staying informed with what is happening around the world and neighborhood including politics and democracy. Fake news and reading listening fake news might lead to miss information and irrelevant reactions.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
    01 Mar 2021

    Step One
    Are you surprised by any of these numbers?
    I am surprised by the fact word of mouth has the same percentage as newspapers (31%). This shocked me because it suggests people might mishear or spread inaccurate news instead of getting it from a trusted source.
    How long could you avoid seeing or hearing any news for?
    I could not avoid seeing/hearing any news for more than one day because I get told news by my friends and family in different ways. It can be very small news, like what we're going to have for dinner that day - or it could be bigger news like a family member has been accepted to university. Since there is a pandemic, it's important for me to keep up with the news to be aware.

    Step Two (Time Travel Questions)
    1921
    Life is great right now - well at least for my family. It's almost been three years since the war ended so we are very grateful we've managed to return back to normal. One of the things we are grateful for are the charities that are helping us to cope with our tight budget, since there isn't much extra support from the government right now.
    Most likely to be used in 1912
    -Word of mouth
    -Newspapers
    -Radio
    -Don't follow the news
    Least likely to be used in 1912
    Word of mouth was most likely to be used in this time period because at the time society was divided. The majority would've been less fortunate to buy newspapers or have radios so word of mouth would be more common. I think avoiding the news was least likely as WWI ended just three years before, so being aware of what was happening would be important to civilians.
    People in this time period are more likely to come across fake news because word of mouth can mean spreading inaccurate information. Also, since there was recently a war the government could twist news without the public questioning it much (for example, propaganda).
    It would be more easier for someone to avoid news in this time period due to the fact technology had not been invented yet. Nowadays news is being shown to us through TV, social media etc., whereas this would've been non-existent in 1921.
    People from this time period would be in shock at the way news is being spread in 2021, because we get most of our news from technology - this would be a new concept to them. They would also be overwhelmed at the amount of news that is being spread daily.

    2121
    Technology has improved vastly and society has made many changes since 100 years ago. There have been inventions made to sustain our planet and now people take it very seriously. 47% of jobs have been taken over by machines or technology.

    Most likely to be used in 2121
    -Social Media
    -TV
    -Other websites/apps
    -Word of mouth
    -Radio
    -Don't follow the news
    -Magazines
    Least likely to be used 2121
    I think social media will become more used because it is becoming increasingly popular. For example, on twitter there is a news section to see daily events across the world. I think magazines will still remain at the bottom because they are more for entertainment rather than getting news from.

    Step Three
    Can there ever be too much news?
    I think that there is such a thing as 'too much news'. I think this is mostly to do with news outlets wanting more money, therefore they want to publish as many stories as they can. For example, a google search of 'daily mail' brings 4.5 million results. In one hour, I can see around 12 published posts from their website. In my opinion, this is too much news because most of it is based on topics that don't benefit us in any way (eg. celebrities' lives). We are being overwhelmed by information that is mostly not relevant to us.

    Step Four
    "Scientists report a 'shooting star' asteroid that may hit the Earth on Tuesday!"
    8/10. It was difficult for me to summarise everything because there was a lot of information I couldn't include in one sentence.
    "Scientists advise public 'not to panic' as Asteroid Jumbo travels at 85 thousand miles per hour."
    6/10. It was easier for me to summarise everything as they were the three main important points.
    It feels different to the first summary I gave as it doesn't evoke fear. In the first sentence, it sounds as if humans are about to face danger because of this asteroid. The second sentence gives an expert opinion which makes people relieved.

    Step Five
    How does the news empower people?
    The news empowers people by inspiring them to make a change. If you come across positive news, it gives you hope since negative news is more likely to be shown.

    comfortable_chemistry

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

      Great time-travelling! Your last point is interesting. Do you think negative news empowers people to make change too? Why? Why not?

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg magical_plantain | The Morley Academy
    01 Mar 2021

    Due to all of the technology taking over, that is why lots of people see their news on the tv and social media. Soon newspapers will be gone and the only way to get news will be from a device that projects people talking about the news or it being on a screen. You can see that newspapers are falling as it is in the bottom 3 places for seeing/ hearing the news.

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

      Do you read a physical newspaper? If so, why? If not, why not?

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

    Why do some of them have different comment but they could be the same thing , social media and tv they are basiclly the same thing :(

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  • Cheam Common logo awesome_atmosphere | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    03 Mar 2021

    Step one:
    The magazines shocked me the most but then I understood that magazines give news about fasion etc.
    I think I could go a day or two without hearing the news but then it would get harder because you need to know whats going on in the world.

    Step two:
    PAST 1921
    news paper
    word of mouth
    radio
    not follow news
    television
    other websites
    social meadia
    magazines

    FUTURE 2121
    social meadia
    other websites
    television
    word of mouth
    radio
    not follow news
    newspaper magazines

    Step three:
    yes because to much news can make you really sad and deppressed but at the same time if we didn't know any thing about the world it wouldn't be very good.

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

    Cool session 🤯🤯🤯🤯

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg willing_snail | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    04 Mar 2021

    Hello BNC its me willing snail 🤣I just wanted to say that my grandads and nanny's watch the TV, the radio and the news paper and my uncle watches the TV to thankyou BNC for reading

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      willing_snail's comment 04 Mar 2021

      Do you think older people might find the news in different places to younger people, willing_snail?

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 18 Mar 2021

        I think older people do find news different than younger people because younger people (what i am thinking is about like 10 yr old) normally go one BBC news so it does have to be boring for them and new things pop up they didnt know. If they go on the normal news, it might be a-bit frightning for them to knwo whats atually gong on in the world. I wnted to say, if there is evidence that there is a surten enviment everyone is about, it must be true but if there is not evedence, less people are going to be thinking that its true and they just want [people to believe in there oppinion.
        1.Why do people have own oppinions?
        People have there own oppinion so that there voice could be heard in a diffrent kid of speech. If they didn't have there own oppinion, it wouldnt be fair for the other person because they all would pick that 1 person.
        2.Does evereyones oppinion count?
        Yes, everyones oppinion counts because if there oppinion is heard, lost of people might think that's a brilliant idea and everyoone will think, " s/he is right and i belive this will make everything better!"
        3.What if you dont like the other perosn oppinion?
        If you dont like someones oppinion, you dont need to fuss just disagree. Its jkust going to make a argument saying, "your wrong, my oppinion is right " :(. Whould you like it if someone did that to you.

        Hope you enjoyed reading,
        terrific_raccon :)

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        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          terrific_raccoon's comment 19 Mar 2021

          Thoughtful ideas, terrific_raccoon. On your last point - how else could you engage with someone who disagrees with you? What's the best way to discuss something whilst still remaining respectful and polite?

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        2. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
          terrific_raccoon's comment 23 Jun 2021

          Some people be rude to eachother for how a speach is said, they might not know that they didn't mean to say it that way, they probely ment it the same way that person did but they didnt know. Somepeoople get angry because tbey think there oppinions is true and better even if person 2 said it another way.

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

    I think older people do find news different than younger people because younger people (what i am thinking is about like 10 yr old) normally go one BBC news so it does have to be boring for them and new things pop up they didnt know. If they go on the normal news, it might be a-bit frightning for them to knwo whats atually gong on in the world. I wnted to say, if there is evidence that there is a surten enviment everyone is about, it must be true but if there is not evedence, less people are going to be thinking that its true and they just want [people to believe in there oppinion.
    1.Why do people have own oppinions?
    People have there own oppinion so that there voice could be heard in a diffrent kid of speech. If they didn't have there own oppinion, it wouldnt be fair for the other person because they all would pick that 1 person.
    2.Does evereyones oppinion count?
    Yes, everyones oppinion counts because if there oppinion is heard, lost of people might think that's a brilliant idea and everyoone will think, " s/he is right and i belive this will make everything better!"
    3.What if you dont like the other perosn oppinion?
    If you dont like someones oppinion, you dont need to fuss just disagree. Its jkust going to make a argument saying, "your wrong, my oppinion is right " :(. Whould you like it if someone did that to you.

    Hope you enjoyed reading,
    terrific_raccon :)

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      terrific_raccoon's comment 19 Mar 2021

      A thoughtful answer, terrific_raccoon. What else could you do if you don't agree with someone else? Are there ways you could have a polite, respectful discussion?

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 19 Mar 2021

        If I didnt agree with someone else i would also tell them what I have in mine and tell them why i think this. I would be calm,
        unagressive,
        polite,
        respectful,
        and afree to what they are sayin but not atually agreeing inside !

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      2. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 19 Mar 2021

        And tysm/thank you so much for the star! I am soo happy !

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