Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with SI­MONE KERWIN

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’.

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