Kids talk

5th April 2013 at 01:00
Owais, Caitlin and Katelyn, P7, talk to Julia Belgutay about whether they think adults value their opinion

Katelyn: I think they do. Like if we are doing RE, say, the teacher would say: "What do you think?"

Caitlin: What do you think about this? Why do you think it?

Katelyn: Also, we are doing the Second World War and Anne Frank, and she does ask a lot of questions in that about our opinions.

Owais: My mum sometimes asks my opinion.

Katelyn: Like when she gets new clothes, my mum asks me sometimes.

Caitlin: I'm honest. But she buys nice stuff anyway.

Katelyn: I would say "It's OK" or "No, not really, that's not really right".

Owais: They do take our opinion. I think they know you have an opinion when you are a bit grown up.

Katelyn: Like P6, 7.

Caitlin: Maybe from P5. I think children have opinions on most things.

Katelyn: I like giving opinions, because other people have opinions and you need to kind of work it out.

Caitlin: It's not hard to give your opinion.

Katelyn: I think smaller children have opinions on some things. Like toys, maybe books.

Caitlin: I think you get opinions about things when you learn new stuff.

Katelyn: There's a lot more things when you're an adult, like a house, family and work. I sometimes don't agree with my friend's opinion. My friend really liked Dr Who, and she has opinions about Dr Who and all that, but I don't really like Dr Who.

Caitlin: I don't like it, either. I like One Direction.

Owais: I don't like them. I like football.

Katelyn: Sometimes you just say "I hate them" and "they're horrible".

Caitlin: Everyone has their own opinion, but you don't have to share it with people.

Owais: I think you should share it if you're asked.

Caitlin: If you're opinion is good, then yes, but if it's the sort of opinion you think will annoy someone, then you shouldn't.

Katelyn: If you were asked and you were a very honest person, then you'd say, "Oh, I don't like that, but that's just my opinion."

Caitlin: Yeah, I think you should maybe do that. But if it's something you are saying, something bad about the person, then you shouldn't say it. You shouldn't say bad things about them.

Katelyn: Sometimes you would just talk about it when you don't agree and then it stops and then you talk about something else.

Caitlin: You shouldn't argue about something you like and the other person doesn't.

Katelyn: I think you can change your opinion about something if you get into it.

Caitlin: If you tried to watch it, or listen to it or something, you start to think: "Oh, this is good".

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