Session one: what is protest? - UPDATED WITH VIDEO

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It's the start of a new Burnet News Club Issue! Dive in the activities below to learn about the new topic.

STEP 1

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  • Which photos are examples of protest? Which are not? Why?
  • Which picture shows the biggest protest? Which one shows the smallest?
  • What makes something a big / small protest?
  • Is it easy to work out if something is a big or small protest?

STEP 2

There are several different types of protest. Read them below.

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Now match each type of protest with the correct picture.

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Answers: strike = 6, march = 3, civil disobedience = 2, boycott = 7, silent protest = 5, virtual activism = 4, riot = 1


STEP 3

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Two important keywords for this Issue:

DISAPPROVAL

When someone dislikes, disagrees with, or wants to stop something.

PROTEST

When someone shows that they dislike, disagree with, or want to stop something.

How do these keywords link? Can you come up with an action for each word?


STEP 4

Do you like pineapple on your pizza? Read this short story to see how the scenario plays out.

At which step did Fred's disapproval turn into protest? Why?

The definition of a protest is straightforward, it is harder to agree on when disapproval turns into protest. Why do you think that is?


STEP 5

In democratic countries like the UK people are allowed to speak up and protest. This is because freedom of speech is a core value for democracy. However the police still have some control. For example, in the UK they can limit a march’s size or change its location. In other places, the rules are much stricter.

  • In North Korea people can be sent to prison camps or be killed for speaking up against the government. Researching protest material is also a crime, punishable by five years of “correction labour” (forced work).
  • In Egypt protesters can go to prison for up to seven years.
  • In China the government controls the news so often, reports of protests are not shared with the public. When they are shared, protesters are made to seem like dangerous or bad people. Police have also reacted with violence in the past.
  • In some parts of Palestine protests are illegal. People are not even allowed to protest peacefully or own items that could show disapproval of the government. Protesters could be fined or go to prison.

Should all types of protest be allowed? Why would a government want to stop protest? How does protest give power to the people?

CHALLENGE: can democracy exist without protest?


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 (116)

  • Lyons Hall Primary School strong_tangerine | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    04 Jan 2021

    I think that rioting, virtual activism, strikes, boycotting, and civil disobedience should be banned because it is harmful in some protests and can cause damage to people and their property. I also think that democracy cannot exist in a country without protest because protesting is a way of people being able to say what they think and expressing their opinions. Otherwise it wouldn't be called a democratic country.

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    1. Alice Fulwood.jpg EXPERT: Alice Fulwood, Wall Street Correspondent @ The Economist
      strong_tangerine's comment 12 Jan 2021

      Thanks for sharing that perspective strong_tangerine! You said you thought that rioting, virtual activism, strikes, boycotting, and civil disobedience should be banned because of the harms they can cause to people and property. Do you think these various methods of expressing disapproval can all cause the same degree of harm? For example, is virtual activism as disruptive as rioting?

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School strong_tangerine | Lyons Hall Primary School D
        Alice Fulwood, Wall Street Correspondent @ The Economist's comment 14 Jan 2021

        Thank you for replying to my comment. I do not think that virtual activism is as disruptive as a riot because
        1. Not everyone has social media (although most people nowadays have it)
        2. social media can't cause any physical damage to people or their property although it can cause some mental damage

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg ethical_cliff | New Horizons Children's Academy
    05 Jan 2021

    I think that this topic is very educatinal because it lets you see the different views and perspectives of the world. I also think this is educational because it makes you realise that you have to protest to make a difference and maybe even solve climate change
    Thanks for reading ,Ethical Cliff

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    1. Hillyfield School logo insightful_ferret | Hillyfield Primary Academy
      ethical_cliff's comment 29 Jan 2021

      Yes you are right because learning about this is good and also protest gives you the power

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    05 Jan 2021

    Hi there
    When I was looking at virtual activism I thought to myself and I said can’t that be the exact same thing as online bullying well who are my opinions please correct me if I get anything wrong so that I can apply to that I know more about this subject but I’m very keen on it
    The reason why I think that this can also mean online bullying is because social media is a huge platform and is used for many things such as post videos and even text messages but I thought making a platform on social media and that also lead to bullying well imagine if I created a platform and it was about climate change and someone on my platform wrote in the comments “climate change is a useful so why are you making a platform” I wouldn’t mind because that’s their opinion I can’t change their opinion so I will Denaby but my support does that support me on climate change might want to go and send read messages back such as climate change is useful so just go away if you don’t support it that could lead to loads of bullying and a huge fight on one platform. This has happened on so much platforms on social media so I’m warning you you might want to just keep a close eye on this and report it to any adult. So after thinking for a few minutes I said Why can’t social media have a security well I am not sure since I don’t use that much social media is but hopefully they do to band or bullings on websites. One question that I would love to ask anyone is has this type of situation happened on a huge platform such as climate change BLM and more platforms?

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 05 Jan 2021

      You make a good point that virtual activism may happen on social media and that there is the risk that bullying could take place. It would be important for everyone to follow the code of conduct (like they do on the Hub) to make sure opinions are shared respectfully, without cruelty.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_concept | Michael Faraday School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think boycotting should be banned because it's very harmful to other people, you could go to far and do something very wrong ,you could damage other people's homes and it would be just like a boxing match but you would still lose because you would be arrested! But it could be educational for younger people so they can understand what's happening in the world
    I appreciate your flexibility, Articulate_concept

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      articulate_concept's comment 05 Jan 2021

      Do you mean boycotting or rioting? A boycott is when you refuse to buy goods or trade with certain companies or countries.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think that protesters (more so marchers and strikers) are important. If there weren't any then the government wouldn't hear the people's opinions, and they could make the public angry. Protesting is important if you want the government to hear your voice and listen to your opinion.
    People protest because they want to change something. Sometimes the government don't think about things very deeply and just do 'whatever'. That's when protests happen, because people don't think that the government has made the right decision. Usually, this changes what the government think and they do something about it.
    People who have the courage and perseverance to protest by marching or striking can only be good people who only really want to change something.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg good_writer | Michael Faraday School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think that boycotting should be banned because if everybody stopped using a bus for example then the bus company would go broke and people who worked for them wouldn't have any money and I also think civil disobedience should be banned because just because there is a protest going on it shouldn't give them the right to vandalise other peoples property

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      good_writer's comment 05 Jan 2021

      Interesting point! What if the bus company had done something terrible that lots of people disagreed with? How else could they show their disapproval?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg engaging_planet | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think that the ones that mainly say 'protest' to me are no.1,2 and 3 because they all look like protests for eg.the first one would of started a protest about the enviroment and the forests because fires were being set in them and it burns down animals homes and where they live.But the protest that would 0f hurt some people the most was BLM[black lives matter]because people were being harmed beause of the colour of their skin.Most f the worlds protest are caused by very little things but some are caused by very big things.Also there was one a protest about who should be voted for government for the USA[United States of America]the people who could of been voted for were Donald Trump and Joe Biden but most people wanted Joe Biden, some wanted Donals Trump.You can say your opinion but I am happy that Joe Binden won because I don't really like Donald Trump if you like Donald Trump do support your opinion on who you like.If you don't please think about supporting other peoples opinion thank you for your time and thank you for listening to me

    This was by engaging_planet.

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    1. Alice Fulwood.jpg EXPERT: Alice Fulwood, Wall Street Correspondent @ The Economist
      engaging_planet's comment 12 Jan 2021

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts engaging_planet! You said you thought that pictures 1, 2 and 3 (riots, civil disobedience and marches) looked most like protests. These are all examples of protestors express their views in physical public places. What do you think about other methods of protest that do not involve public spaces? Is it possible for virtual protests or boycotts to also be effective at expressing disapproval?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_earth | Michael Faraday School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think all the protest that are harmfull should be banned . On the other hand, protests that are safe like virtual activisim. etc should be kept so there will be democracy but safely . This issue is very relevant to our world right now since the situation we are in. To sum it all up, this issue is very interesting.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg shining_journalist | Upton Cross Primary School
    05 Jan 2021

    I think during the Black Lives Matter protest they’re would’ve have been img people walking and saying black lives matter and in my opinion I think that in North Korea people should have the freedom to speak for they’re rights they shouldn’t have to live in fear and this issue is very important in every country because since that there are some country’s that they are protesting.But to sum this up the issue is actually very important and interesting because there are types of protesting.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_chocolate | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Jan 2021

    Hi marvellous chocolate here and today I’m telling you my opinion on protesting I’d say that calm ones are okay like saying what they like and maybe even refusing to work because of racism or having to work extra hours because that is no where near fair. But damaging peoples property is not aloud and is not right and I think people may get a bit carried away and forget there’s a law.I also think taking a knee in a rugby, football, or even basketball because those aren’t effecting other people. But riots are un needed because there against he law. That’s just my opinion. Thanks for reading from marv choc

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg alert_peach | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    I think that people should not protest as Because In America people where protesting as Donald Trump lost in the election and he kept refusing to accept the results and saying he was vote robbed. So people where protesting about trump and their where people getting harmed if they would disprove on there opinions. So I think that people should not be able to protest no more as people was getting harmed and different fractions were high jacking the protest for their own reasons rather then Donald trump losing unfairly as he thought his votes where stolen.

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      alert_peach's comment 07 Jan 2021

      It's true Donald trump kept refusing that he didn't lose.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg modest_seed | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    Hi, I think that protests are allowed for good reasons but they have to ask the government in their countries

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg logical_cheetah | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    I think people are aloud to protest for good thing like to march or get rid of plastic bottles but not to do fight the police or donald trump thing protest

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

    Hi I think that a protest is when someone agrees on something or not

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      willing_snail's comment 07 Jan 2021

      Is that always protest or just argument/debate/disagreement?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg humble_studio | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    hello its me humble studio
    Fred from the story is being rude because you could just say hello sorry I dont like pineapple on my pizza but instead he made a big roomer about it and put on social media people protested against him they said "you shouldnt have complained because people will protest you like i am so next time iff you dont like something just say i dont like\ what you have put on my pizza and make sure you say your manners for when they say yes thats ok we will change it no need to start a roomer and maybe you should try it one day because you will never know until you actually try it so hopefully that tort you a lesson just speak up about it and yes i am protesting you (;"

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    Protest is when people gather around and argue and fight for rites or some times it is for no reason. It is like when Donald Trump lost the election against Joe Biden everyone that voted for him protested that they wanted Trump to win the election. On the BBC news it said that four people died from the protest.

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

    anyway a protest really is when a crowd of people come together and express and show how they feel about something

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg logical_cheetah | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    on the other hand people shouldn't be aloud protest to because the other day people broke into capital hill because they still want trump as president even though Joe Bidands won the election

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    The different types of protest are: 1) silent protest 2) riot 3) march 4) virtual activism 5)boycott 6) strike 7) civil disobedience.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg smart_cranberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Jan 2021

    I think that protests are allowed to be said and announced but like some places like Russia the government will not let anyone say a protest unless they ask him but it is really hard to get him to say yes and it is also illegal to say a protest. In North Korea people can be sent to prison or be killed which I personally think is extremely harmful to anyone who does a protest or at least try's to say a protest.😢😢 It is ok is some one disapproves something that some one else has said that is fine but if they don't agree then they could protest but only if they are allowed to but if they are not allowed then I wouldn't do a protest and get in a lot of trouble. 👍

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  • Cheam Common logo content_eagle | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protesting, a interesting topic. Its different types does not mean you can go to a single conclusion. So there are multiple. The types such as civil disobediance, riots or boycotting can be very harmful and can even take lives. It is very dangerous and can cause large harm, its just not worth it. The other types can help and don't do as much harm, if its peaceful it can help and I reccomend you do it if you are old enough and of course, its peaceful. That is my thoughts on protesting.

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  • Cheam Common logo magical_woodpecker | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    a protest is somthing you do I there is something that you dont like so you can do a silent protest or a riot where you could do dangerous things like cating bus brakes or turning of trafic lites.

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  • Cheam Common logo lovable_lobster | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    protesting is were a person or people join together to stop something they disagree about or think things need to change but sometimes this can go horribly wrong and it can get very dangerous. I don't think that protesting is all good as it is risking peoples lives , there jobs,homes and money. What some people do is illegal and very dangerous it can also ruin peoples community ,it creates lots of violence and very mean hurtful words can be said. sometimes protest can be good as people can do it kindly and peacefully to make a change.

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  • Cheam Common logo tough_potato | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protest is when people fight to make a change, like going on hunger strike, because they want to go out and stand against / for something they believe in. Sometimes it works, but if it does not, then people might do illegal things,like break buildings,traffic lights or police cars to get what they want. This is a negative example of protesting, but there are positive examples too, like just silently marching, or going on marches with posters of what you want to change.

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  • Cheam Common logo clever_forest | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protesting means to me that you are arguing for a change. This change may be good or bad.Sometimes protesting could be dangerous like riot.I think the safest protesting is silent protest. This is because you are showing disagreement silently. Protesting is safe and dangerous. An example for a dangerous protest is riot and a safe protest is silent protest.Civil disobedience is very dangerous as you may put other people in danger or put your self in danger for example if you go up onto the train you will put yourself in danger because you may fall and injury yourself.

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  • Cheam Common logo pioneering_badger | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protesting means that they are wanting change to make the earth better or for different rights. There are many different types of protest that many people use such as: Riot, where people do out of control actions to show they want to change the way of something. I think that this is the dangerous method of protesting. Another type of protest is a silent protest. This is where some one or some people kneel or sit in silence to show that they want to change the law. I think that this is the most peaceful way of protesting as there is no violence. Types of protest that have happened in the past or right now include: Votes for women, Black lives matter and a riot that is happening in America right now!!

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  • Cheam Common logo patient_panther | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protesting is when somebody and/or some people protest or fight for something they want to happen, something they believe in or something the want to change.
    Protesting can be positive and negative, as there are different ways that you can protest. Negatives, in my opinion, are rioting and civil disobedience, as these can result in injuries, death, sadness or misery for somebody else and lawsuit. There are people who protest for good reasons, like against discrimination, sexism, stereotyping, racism, slavery, pollution, but do it in the wrong way. Some people protest in the right way for the wrong reasons. Some people protest for the right reasons in the right way.

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  • Cheam Common logo enterprising_lion | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    I think that protesting means fighting for what you disapprove of publicly and making what your fighting for noticeable. I think that the most negative protest is civil disobedience as many people result in injuries or deaths. I think the harmless one is the silent protest.

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  • Cheam Common logo jubilant_dinosaur | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    protesting means that people will physically fight for something that they want or to make the world a better place. i believe that not all protests are good or should be alowed as some are to make the planet a better place or saving the enviroment and are peaceful but some should not be alowed because they harm people, animals and structures. the only good thing about these type of protests is that the protesters learn that they can't always get what they want.

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  • Cheam Common logo beloved_pie | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protest is when people want something and take action in order that people notice. For example, people can go on hunger strikes like Ghandi did to let India be a free country again.I think that there are different types of protests that should be permitted, yet there are some that conclude in people getting injured and unfortunately, sometimes losing their lives. I believe the most positive type of protest is the Silent Protest since nobody will get hurt and it is quite peaceful while highlighting their message clearly, which is what they have been going after. I believe that the most negative type of protest is Civil disobedience which means breaking the law, and the law is to keep us safe and if they break it then our society would be unsafe.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Joshua Spencer, Assistant Editor, 1843 Magazine @ The Economist
      beloved_pie's comment 12 Jan 2021

      Interesting comment, beloved_pie. Can you give an example of a recent protest that you think was positive?

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  • Cheam Common logo nice_lychee | Cheam Common Junior Academy
    07 Jan 2021

    Protesting is when people do something to make a change about something that they do not agree with. Some protests such as riots and civil disobedience can lead to harm to others. Civil disobedience is when people break the law and disturb the public by doing stuff like jumping on trains or breaking traffic lights. However, some protests are more peaceful like strikes or boycotting.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg hardworking_introduction | Michael Faraday School
    07 Jan 2021

    In my opinion, a democracy could not exist without protest. Democracy is about being able to share your opinion and speak your mind, and protest is one way of doing that. Sometimes protests do become riots and can get out of hand but if you can control that with police and forces then there is nothing wrong with protesting. You don't even need physical protests now a-days because you can sign polls and petitions online, like with the #SaveTheArctic petitions, they can have just as big an affect without a big riot. Also, in 1995, Rosa Parks protested by taking a seat on a bus, who would've thought that such normal actions would cause such big improvements and help end segregation. Overall, protest is very crucial and without it, lots of good things wouldn't be happening today.
    (Some things, like the capitol "protests" are bad and wouldn't be happening if protest was banned but it is still people 'speaking' their opinions and a democracy should allow that).

    hardworking_introduction

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      hardworking_introduction's comment 08 Jan 2021

      Very insightful, hardworking_introduction! I have given you a star for the way you have made connections between protest and democracy - even using examples of protest in the past to support your point. Your explanations show some superb speaking skills, well done!

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

    i am excited to do this with my class but on meet, CORONA HAS RUINED EVERYTHING, but you dont know how it terns out until you try

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      terrific_raccoon's comment 11 Jan 2021

      There may still be a way to do online sessions - ask your teacher! Plus we're putting as much on the Hub as possible so you can still take part!

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Jan 2021

        Yes we do meets on google classroom and it helps to make us still and already we are with family ❤️

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            1. Hammond School logo analytical_sea | Hammond Junior School F
              terrific_raccoon's comment 20 Jan 2021

              YW! :) We'll get through this together!!!!

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          1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_raccoon | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
            analytical_sea's comment 26 Mar 2021

            also,with in my [our]speech, family id not just your mum and dad [sister or brothers] but the people you believe in and trust. eg; family, best friends, neighboars !

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  • Preston Manor School sceptical_rock | Preston Manor School
    10 Jan 2021

    The photo shows different types of protest from small to big! The 1st as you see is a car being burned down in a protest which is rioting , It involves violence which is a high effective way to get what you were protesting about and attention but it doesn't always end in good ways for example people can get arrested or get injured during the process of the protest. So rioting would be a big protest in my opinion. The second picture is a silent protest and it involves very less violence. As we see in the picture , there are written words on the road with a chalk to help spread the message. Sometimes these can get out of control if they write it on private properties which is less likely. Third picture is a March type of protest. Mostly people just chant their purpose of their protest and carry signs to spread the message and they do this in the streets so it gets attention. Fourth is a virtual activism where message gets spread through online as many people use their phones daily. It is a good way to protest in my opinion . Even if it takes less actions , it is quite effective. Fifth picture is a civil obedience where the players are bowing for the black lives matter protest before the start of the game to show their support. Sixth is a strike which is common because people stop working to show the support to the protest. Last one is a boycott which has a picture and it shows cross in the nestle logo so they believe it shouldn't be there. These were the types of protest and the main ones. Unlike UK, some countries don't allow protest which is democracy take away from them and it is unfair in my opinion . Everyone needs to have their voice heard. In total democracy can't exist without protest because protest is having your voices heard and democracy is the freedom and your rights.
    Thanks!
    -sceptical_rock

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School practical_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    11 Jan 2021

    I agree with strong tangerine

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      practical_swan's comment 11 Jan 2021

      Can you say why?

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School practical_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School D
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 18 Jan 2021

        because rioting can be harmful to people,monuments and peoples private property.

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

    i think that riot, boycott, strike and virtual activism are in the the protest

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

    I believe that peaceful protest is good because it can make changes in life which might be good in the future and the present. People should be able to express their opinions but by not breaking other peoples property or hurting others.

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  • Preston Manor School mirthful_rainforest | Preston Manor School
    13 Jan 2021

    Hi I’m mirthful_rainforest and I will share my opinion on this post and will share what I think about other people's opinions.Please have an open mind when reading my comment or anyone else’s comment and I hope you enjoy.My comment is below.

    So to get right to the point these are the protests I think shouldn’t be banned Strike,Boycotting,March,Virtual activism and silent protest.The reason I think this is because they should have every right to do this.Like if they’re being mistreated at their job they should have the right to go on strike or if a company is testing their products on animals people should be able to boycott.My point is that I think all of these protests happen for a reason but I think the five I have listed above make the most sense.And although I understand why civil disobedience and riots happen to make a louder point, I do believe they could be peaceful about it than use violence.Because I believe you can make an even louder and powerful point with these 5 peaceful protests.


    What I think about some of the comments:

    I disagree with some of the things strong tangerine says and I agree with some of the things they say.The reason on why I say this is because I don’t think boycotting,virtual activism and strikes should be banned.I have already told you why I think this above but I will just summaries why quickly.I think this because I believe that it depends on the situation and that if you were ever in a situation you thought you should peacefully protest you should be able to like go on strike.Now on with the things I agree with strong tangerine.I agree that rioting and civil disobedience should be banned because like they said it’s harmful and can cause damage to people and their property.And I have previously said that I don’t believe in violence or causing damage or harming others.Thank you for listening to my opinion and if you have anything you would like to share like your opinion or have any questions.I will make sure to get to you as soon as possible.I hope you have a wonderful day and let’s get through these tough times together not against each other.Thank you!

    Kind regards mirthful_rainforest from Preston manor

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      mirthful_rainforest's comment 14 Jan 2021

      Well done for connecting what you said to strong_tangerine's comment! Is there anything from others that you also agree/disagree with?

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      1. Preston Manor School mirthful_rainforest | Preston Manor School
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 19 Jan 2021

        With flowing_road I disagree with what they said about how pictures 1,2,3 show horrible behaviour because in my opinion they don’t show that.Although I do agree that picture one show horrible behaviour because rioting can get so out of control it becomes out of control violence which shows how rioting should be banned.But for pictures 2 and 3 I disagree with flowing _road.Because virtual activism and marching in my opinion isn’t horrible behaviour because marching for what you think is right is actually peaceful but people who disagree with protesters actually make it unsafe.Now for virtual activism it can be quite rough if you share a protest because you might be ignored or get mean and rude replies but as long as you’re not being mean yourself then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with virtual activism.

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  • Hammond School logo authentic_eagle | Hammond Junior School E
    15 Jan 2021

    I think that step 9 was the first step of a protest.🧑‍🎓

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  • Hammond School logo authentic_eagle | Hammond Junior School E
    15 Jan 2021

    Some protests should be aloud.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      authentic_eagle's comment 15 Jan 2021

      Which types and why, authentic_eagle?

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  • Hammond School logo flowing_road | Hammond Junior School F
    15 Jan 2021

    Picture 1,2,3 shows horrible behaviour it makes me very very but picture 4,5 was good and peaceful behaviour it made me feel happy.

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      flowing_road's comment 15 Jan 2021

      Could you explain why you think it is "horrible behaviour" flowing_road?

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  • Hammond School logo glad_duck | Hammond Junior School E
    15 Jan 2021

    I think that protesting should be allowed as long as it is peaceful because people should be allowed to express their opinions on issues that are important to them.

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  • Hammond School logo funny_analysis | Hammond Junior School F
    15 Jan 2021

    We are lucky to be able to express our opinions via protesting however some abuse that power by rioting which causes damage to both property and people.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School responsible_conclusion | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    15 Jan 2021

    I think that rioting and boycot should be illegal as it is harmful

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      responsible_conclusion's comment 15 Jan 2021

      Could you explain how these types of protest are harmful?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School responsible_conclusion | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    15 Jan 2021

    I wonder if campaigns and protesting should only be aloud if it is in a small group of people

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      responsible_conclusion's comment 15 Jan 2021

      Who might agree or disagree with this, responsible_conclusion?

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

    Some people don't want Joe Biden to win.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg vivacious_oboe | Michael Faraday School
    15 Jan 2021

    This is really helpful

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  • Hammond School logo witty_globe | Hammond Junior School B
    15 Jan 2021

    It was very interesting! Thank you

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      reflective_grasshopper's comment 15 Jan 2021

      Tom and Olivia had great fun too!

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  • Hammond School logo best_eagle | Hammond Junior School F
    16 Jan 2021

    I liked this article because it was interesting to see what freedom people have across the world compared to others. We are lucky to have so much freedom in our country. Although the results of protests including violence and damage to property are awful, where you draw the line between freedom and protest is hard to gauge. Each protest is different.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    what is going on is people are protesting about something. the similarities are in pictures 1,3,5 and 6 something physical has happened but on pictures 2,4 and 7 had been written or designed

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    3 shows the biggest and 5 shows the smallest in my opinion

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      communicative_context's comment 18 Jan 2021

      Can you say why?

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  • Penketh Primary Logo serious_guitar | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    These photos show protests are happening. All show different kinds of protests. The difference is some are in person taking action, some are online taking action, some show want they want in the form of a logo and some show what has happened

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  • Penketh Primary Logo unique_lime | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I agree social media can only effect people on the inside

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  • Penketh Primary Logo unique_lime | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    i think in the police car photo is a protest about the police

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  • Penketh Primary Logo communicative_context | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    i personally don't think riots should be allowed because it could cause harm to the earth

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  • Penketh Primary Logo adventurous_raisin | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I have mixed feelings about protesting as it can make way for good change ,yet it could get out of control.I think that the government would want to stop protest because of damage it could do physically or even mentally when out of control.(Such as riot protest and civil disobedience protesting. ) Protesting gives power over people as it can change their minds or make them want to join into chaotic riot.
    From Adventurous_raisin

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  • Penketh Primary Logo sceptical_sheep | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I liked this article because it was interesting to see what freedom people have across the world compares to others.We e are lucky we have freedom in are county.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo noble_ladder | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I loved the video it is very interesting ,encouraging and inspiring for children like me.I think you should carry on doing these sort of things because this could be the start of something big!

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  • Penketh Primary Logo wise_fern | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I really enjoyed it ty very much can't wait for secion 2

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  • Penketh Primary Logo serious_guitar | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I think some protests should be allowed. I can understand the ones where the people protesting are being effected like the BLM protests. They protested because it was effecting them. But the pizza guy in the video could have ordered something else off the menu or gone to another restaurant. I dont think that is fair on the restaurant as the owner might lose work, money and happiness.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      serious_guitar's comment 18 Jan 2021

      A reasoned opinion, serious_guitar. Should people be able to protest about anything they like?

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  • Penketh Primary Logo jubilant_pigeon | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    I think that not all protests should be allowed because some may be harmful and dangerous such as riots and civil disobedience but some protests should be allowed like the marches and silent protests because you don't have to be violent to get your point across.

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  • Penketh Primary Logo witty_rock | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    Well, it's was hard to tell what kind of "big" they meant. The burning police car is quite big in the sense it would have a big effect. The picture with the people holding flags has a large amount of protesters. And the footballer kneeling would be big in the sense that is was a protest that spread to across the world, because it was for Black Lives Matter.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      witty_rock's comment 18 Jan 2021

      That's a good point, witty_rock. Are there any other ways of defining "big" in relation to protests?

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  • Penketh Primary Logo witty_rock | Penketh Primary School
    18 Jan 2021

    Another way for a protest to be big is it making a vast change. [e.g: BLM]

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg good_blackberry | Evelyn Street Primary School B
    20 Jan 2021

    I think silent protests are ok because you are protesting in an ok manner and no one gets hurt

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      good_blackberry's comment 20 Jan 2021

      What do you mean by "protesting in an ok manner", good_blackberry?

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  • Beaumont School logo sceptical_rainforest | Beaumont School
    20 Jan 2021

    I think that banning protests all together would be against human rights. Protestors are just people saying what the feel, and acting when no-one will listen to them. I think almost all types of protest are a human right, as you can't force someone to do/not do something, or stop them saying what they think is right. Riots, however, are very serious and I don't think that it will help as everyone will just see them as violent rebels that just want to cause trouble. I also think that virtual protests aren't much help either, as even though lots of people join forces online, it would have to send a very strong message to the government if they want a law to be changed. Marches are the best way of protesting I think, especially if it is in an important area. Alternatively, boycotting and striking would also help because even though it might start with a small business, other people will then show support too, which may lead to boycotts of much larger businesses or even start a march.
    - sceptical_rainforest

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

    Session 1 - What is protest? - My response:

    Step 1:

    I would split these photos in two groups - peaceful, and destructive. Photo 5, of an (I think) American footballer, kneeling down, photo 4, a shared (by 'Jack') social media post, photo 7, a sign saying that that area have and will not allow any Nestle, and photo 6 I think are peaceful protests. The other 3 photos, of 1, a police car being set on fire an graffitied, 2 a chalked "CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW" 'sign' on the pavement or perhaps road? Some kind of Tarmac anyway, and 3, a march, are all 'distructive'. BTW, these are just what I call the groups, it doesn't mean that all marchs, for example, are destructive - but I feel these 3 photos are less peaceful protests than the others.

    Step 2:
    See photo

    Step 3:

    The words disapproval and protest link because before you protest, there needs to be something you dissaprove of - want to change. When you dissaprove enough, you might feel the urge to protest, and take action.

    My action for disapproval: Thumbs down

    My action for protest: Punching your fist in the air

    Step 4:

    Fred's disapproval turned to protest at step 6. He started shouting "BAN PINEAPPLE!" In the restaurant full of people. I think it's harder not to agree with a protest than when it is just a disapproval because you can easily ignore disapproval, but it is harder to ignore protest - especially when the protest is a march, civil disobedience or riot.

    Step 5:

    I don't think all protest should be allowed - not civil disobedience or riot - because they can cause damage and hurt people, even though they attract more attention. A government would want stop a protest because a) It got too rough and maybe even life threatenin or b) They are protesting about something the government don't agree to protest for, and are worried that they are going to get too much attention, and support. Protest gives power to the people because if it is a big protest, it will be on the news, and bring people's attention to support them.

    Thank you for reading my response to session 1, and hopefully you'll go and check out my posts after reading this, and soon I will post my response for session 2.

    Bye, see ya, analytical_sea XX

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    1. Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg compelling_cheetah | Streatham Wells Primary School
      analytical_sea's comment 28 Jan 2021

      Wow I love your detail in your comment I definetly agree with you!

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg remarkable_penguin | Streatham Wells Primary School
    28 Jan 2021

    I feel that boycotting strike and silent protesting are ok because you are doing no harm Just saying no I will not do this.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School peaceful_drawing | Lyons Hall Primary School E
    29 Jan 2021

    I think protests should be allowed in every country, without protestors getting punished. I believe this because I think everyone should have the right to express their opinions, and show what they believe is the right thing to do, even if they just post something about what they think on social media. There are a lot of different types of protestesting and i do not believe that every type is as effective as one another. For example, I do not think a Riot ( an uncontrolled protest, sometimes just to make trouble ) or a Civil Disobedience ( when you break the rules or do something illeagal ) is exactly the right thing to do. But if you truly disagree with something and that is the only option, then I believe you should do what you think is the best for the country and everyone else.

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  • Hillyfield School logo plucky_butterfly | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    29 Jan 2021

    I think riots should be banned due to the damage being caused . Also because, riots ruin loads of peoples' property. Therefore, riots should not exist in the world!

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  • Hillyfield School logo enterprising_cicada | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    29 Jan 2021

    I think that non- violent protesting is the only type of protesting that should be allowed because it does no harm to anyone.

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg inventive_grapefruit | The Morley Academy
    08 Feb 2021

    step 1.) numbers 3 and 6 are examples of protest because people are standing up for what is right; they aren't doing something wrong to prove it like in 1 or 2. number 3 is the biggest protest as it has many people doing their part. people joining together, something significant happening happening, or a massive reaction from something is what makes something a large protest. it is not easy to see when a big or small protest is happening. because 1 person can do something rally meaningful, and loads of people can do something meaningless. step 2.) 1 goes with civil disobedience, 4 goes with virtual activism, 6 goes with strike, 7 goes with boycott, 3 goes with march, 2 goes with riot and 5 goes with silent protest.

    step 3.) these key words link because disapproval leads to protest and protest is what people do when they are unhappy. that is all i got up to before bed time and keep in mind that this is my opinion. this is not fact and many people may disagree or share similar opinions.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      inventive_grapefruit's comment 08 Feb 2021

      Thank you for this contribution! Are there any other connections you can make?

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

    I think that all protests should not be banned but it should be illegal to kill/injurer people and to damage property.

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

    In my opinion I think not all protests are to be allowed because some have violence which increases to more people joining in and leads to injuries that can affect the community. In addition voting is also a form of protest by giving opinion. As of that I want to talk about communists they are way different from democracy they don't take in peoples ideas and opinions. The leaders takes it upon them selves to rule the country according to there way and democracy is when you are allowed to do protests and argue upon something to the government. Something that starts or makes a big and small protest is how they act and what affect it is to the community and the conditions all around us. People really think of what is going on outside in politics and more.

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