REVIEW: MY YEAR 7 LIFE
ANYTHING that keeps the lines of communication open between young people and their parents/ carers is a great idea.
And that’s just what ABC ME series ‘ My Year 7 Life’ offers families with youngsters heading towards or dealing with the transition from primary to secondary school.
Developed in the same vein as last year’s ‘ My Year 12 Life’, the 18 part series follows 16 youngsters from varying backgrounds, who were armed with cameras to document their move into year seven.
The beauty of the series is that you hear in the kids’ own words, filmed in their most unguarded moments, about what concerns and excites them as they tackle what can be a tumultuous life change.
So if you’re after a refresher about what issues these youngsters may be facing, or need some tips on secondary school life in the digital age, it’s a handy tool, especially as it also features expert insight from psychologist Charlotte Keating.
My advice, though, is to watch it with your kids if it’s on their viewing schedule; some of the youngsters on the show love to dramatically outline any obstacles in their paths, which could present an unnecessarily negative view for anyone yet to enter secondary school.
But when it comes to issues like homework, behaviour, expectations, relationships and bullying, it can be a helpful conversation starter.
CHANGING TIMES: Rosie is among the young people featured in ‘My Year 7 Life’.