Fake News and Democracy | Curiosity Week

Welcome to the Burnet News Club Hub!

This is your first weekly post for your new BNC issue, 'Fake news and Democracy'.

This half term, we are learning about the fake news and how it could affect democracy and us.

In week one you are developing your curiosity. You'll be learning about what fake news is and why it is in the news. 

We hope you enjoy your first week learning about this important news story and we can't wait to hear your thoughts and opinions so far.

We want to know how you’ve been getting on in your first club session. Answer the questions in the comments below:

  1. Should people be able to make important decisions if the information they have is unreliable?
  2. Is the majority always right?
  3. Are the media important in a democracy?
  4. Should a leader always listen to their people?

12 Comments

  1. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    1. Yes because they have to express their opinion plus they have said unreliable information which is not important and it can impact on their life and their future if their information was not reliable.

    Ronaldoraven#7

    • Hi Ronaldoraven#7,

      You’ve answered this question: Should people be able to make important decisions if the information they have is unreliable?

      It seems like you have argued both yes and no. You say people should be able to express their opinions by making decisions, but you have also said that unreliable information can impact a person’s life.

      Why do you think it’s important to have truthful information when making a decision?

  2. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    i am going to respond to reason 4 because, yes obviously leaders do have to listen to his peoples opinion or else they will disrespect their leader. Also his people might have a good idea for some things and he needs to listen to them or he might regret it in the future if there is a problem. For Example if Theresa May goes into a war with another country she needs some ideas from her people to keep her country safe.

    Ronaldoraven#7

  3. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I am going to respond to reason 2, I think yes and no because it could be good decision or they might be wrong no one knows for example in an election people choose what president they think is good plus its there opinion. Back to the point. So my opinion I think the majority is good because lots of people chose this person or they chose something.

    Ronaldoraven#7

  4. Crampton Primary School Crampton Primary School

    In my opinion I think that the group leader should always listen to the rest of their team , because they might say something that is not good and when it comes to their turn to say something it might not make any sense or they also might repeat what another person has said already

    pinkypanda2007 🙂

  5. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Fake News and Democracy:
    My Opinion:
    I think fake news is wrong because it will mislead people to think differently than their opinion about let’s say the US election people will liar to make people think what they believe and vote for someone else. Also, in 18th century there was a football match and people were getting crushed against the fence till they died and people got trampled and 91 people died and the police paid The Sun a newspaper to lie about their family member’s death which is extremely wrong! So this is why I think fake news is wrong!
    PhantomRaven#1

  6. North Beckton Primary School North Beckton Primary School

    Hi. It is my opinion that democracy is a vital part of stopping this nonsense of fake news due to the fact that they make a balance of who is voting or not.

  7. North Beckton Primary School North Beckton Primary School

    Hi! It is my opinion that that it would seem logical to hate democracy because the people who take part in it make a horrific balance of who is participating in voting and who is not.

    From:Archer5556

    • Hi Archer5556,

      Can you explain why you think it is logical to hate democracy? A democracy is where everyone in a place gets to have their say about the rules and what it’s like there.

  8. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    Fake News and Democracy:
    My point
    I think that the people who are making the fake news are just making us think that the person who they’re talking about is the right person to vote so that specific person can win an election or some thing like that.
    My Example:
    Donald Trump, People who like him write fake news about him and write positive notes about him. That is why people vote for him in the election so he can be president. Donald Trump has also travelled to countries so people have positive thoughts about him.
    What is a Democracy?:
    A democracy is when people vote and the majority wins. People vote because they choose what is right for their country. But sometimes people choose their person but then they regret of what they choose as their best candidate. For example Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Donald Trump won because people voted for him but some people who has voted for him regretted about voting for him.
    Ronaldo7

  9. Ravenscroft Primary School Ravenscroft Primary School

    I mean Ronaldoraven7

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