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Kids checking in with the kids

Updated: Jun 1

A couple of weeks ago many of you told us that you enjoyed our interviews with children - so we decided to speak to some more kids, but this time with kids also ASKING the questions.

Our junior reporters, Anna in Barcelona and Moira in Denver

It was quite the successful experiment - it turns out that youngsters tend to open up more when they're speaking to someone their own age.


Thank you to our junior reporters, Anna in Barcelona and Moira in Denver! And please feel free to get in touch if you have any budding reporters who would like to contribute interviews.


ANNA, REPORTER: I interviewed Laurent, a friend of mine. He's 9 years old and in fourth grade. He lives above Lake Annecy in the southeast of France, with his parents and his two older sisters who are 12 and 16. I spoke to him on WhatsApp, and I asked him, in French, HOW ARE YOU GETTING BY?


LAURENT: These days we are always together. My sisters and I fight a lot more than we used to. We disagree a lot.


Ever since the lock down started, I haven’t been able to sleep well. In the morning, I have to read a book or two so that I don’t wake up my parents - that’s how early I wake up! And at night, I don’t fall asleep before 11 P.M. and sometimes even midnight. I really don’t sleep much at all. Sometimes, I even wake up in the middle of the night. One night, I slept just one hour, and I felt like I had been awake all night. I’m often tired and sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy.


During the day I read a lot, I play soccer, I play Legos with my sisters or by myself, and I make up my own games based on the television series ‘Dino Truck’ and ‘Jurassic Park.’

I’m allowed to watch Netflix one hour per day. We have an iPad but I don’t use it very much.


I don’t like school at all, so it suits me that school had to shut down. Now, I still have to do schoolwork - it takes me a few hours per day, the lessons are very long. My mom has to push me to do the work, because I’d rather just play outside - playing soccer by myself or with the neighbor kids.


My class doesn’t do many video conferences. We did one today. I find my schoolwork very easy.


I like learning history with my sister. I think it’s not a very complicated subject. I wish I got to study history at school.


My dad and I made a chicken coop and we are almost done making a birdcage. We are going to get four chickens. We haven’t yet decided what we're going to name them.

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MOIRA, REPORTER: This is my friend Nina. She’s 9 and in third grade. She lives in Los Angeles with her mom. She’s very nice, very funny, and she’s really into fashion. I spoke to her on Skype and asked her, HOW ARE YOU GETTING BY?


NINA: Most days I get dressed of course. Then I go outside and pet my dogs and make sure they’re doing OK.


I do my school work. Like a normal person. And I usually ride my scooter in the house. I jump a lot on the inside trampoline.


I don’t like doing schoolwork online. I feel like the teachers send unnecessary things. After spring break they switched to project-based learning.


Actually though, I sort of do like online school, because a lot of the time I can focus on the subjects I like.


I talk to my friends on Skype and Zoom. But I don’t like not seeing them.


The pandemic feels weird, because I have to wear a mask, and I really like showing my whole face.

We go out shopping sometimes. I don’t like it when we go out. There’s a whole pandemic out there! We always wear masks.


I’ve learned that you shouldn’t touch your face. And that you shouldn’t go out shopping too much. I don’t want to get sick.


I live with my stuffed animals, my adorable dogs, and my mom.

When the pandemic is over, the first thing I want to do is see all of my friends. Then I want to go to the beach. And take my dogs to the beach. Do everything and anything as long as I’m out of the house!


What’s my favorite thing to do at home? Let’s see… Putting on make-up, being cozy, and watching TV. I like to watch Netflix. And I like to eat ice cream and ice cream sandwiches.


I obviously love to read. I absolutely love the book ‘Wonder Woman,’ I just got a new copy in the mail.


I also love playing with my dogs. They are called Sloughis. They are these adorable tall skinny dogs. They might look skinny to you but they’re actually chubby. They’re sighthounds.

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