Who is more powerful when it comes to protesting - adults or children?

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Adults

Some people might think that adults have more of an advantage at protesting because they are older and that means they might know more about what they are protesting about. Maybe people think that adults will draw more of a crowd because they have a louder voice so people can hear from far away. However, what happens if the adults do something highly illegal to attract more people to them and then they get arrested for it?

Children

Perhaps children might think that if they did something wrong they would be let off the hook because they are young. Although by acting in this way a child might show that they are irresponsible and that no one should listen to what they are protesting about. Because children are smaller and not seen as strong, it might be harder for them to get people to join in with their protest.

My opinion

My opinion is that the children might have more of a chance because if they make a riot the word tends to get around. Just look at Greta Thumberg's achivements! And if you are famous just on the internet and you want to protest you could do it online to prevent any physical fighting. However, it could cause online fighting which is almost as bad.

The only problem is would the goverment approve the protesting? Although of course sometimes opposition to your protests just gets you more publicity.

Comments (4)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    12 Jan 2021

    An interesting post. From what I can read, you seem to be suggesting that protests need to be law-breaking and involve a riot in order to be listened to. Is this right? Or do you think differently?

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  • Ericka Shin.jpg EXPERT: Ericka Shin, Fact Checker @ The Economist
    14 Jan 2021

    Thanks for your post, @loyal_beetle. It seems like you're saying that protesters have to break rules in order to attract attention and have their voices heard. Why do you think that is?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg loyal_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    14 Jan 2021

    No, I don't think that protests need to be law-breaking - in fact rule breaking will attract attention in a negative way because it shows irresponsibility. Also, it shouldn't be the case that you have to cause a riot to attract attention but sadly this does often work as peaceful protestors are easier to ignore.

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  • Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
    18 Jan 2021

    This is something to think about - adults always think children can't make a difference, but, even though we're smaller, shorter, weaker, we can make more of a difference than a dozen adults when we work together and use are heads in a powerful way.

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