As someone who currently teaches 6 and 7 year old girls, I thought I would use this assignment to check in with the children’s current interests and text choices. Many of their answers were predictable, such as the unwavering popularity of the movie Frozen but others were more surprising. An overwhelming majority of the 6 and 7 year old girls interviewed had a mild addiction to Candy Crush which they admitted to playing on their mum’s phones whenever they got the opportunity. Another surprise was the popularity of the television show, The Big Bang Theory, something that I had previously thought appealed to older audiences. It is worth mentioning that all of the girls have a school iPad and are therefore au fait with technology. They are not however allowed to add their own apps.
Here is a summary of an interview with a group of 6 and 7 year old girls:
What are your favourite books?
Everyone: Disney Frozen books, Fancy Nancy, Angelina Ballerina, Pearly and the Park Fairy.
Cassie: I really like EJ12 books.
Do you enjoy reading or do you only read because you have to?
Julia: I love reading! Reading makes me happy. Sometimes I read the same books lots of times, especially bedtime books.
Madi: I like reading when I feel like it but I don’t like it when mum makes me read to her.
Alex: I like reading to myself, I don’t like it when I have to read out loud.
What are your favourite movies?
Everyone: Frozen, Brave, Despicable Me.
Why do you like these movies so much?
Everyone: The songs!
Alex: They make me feel happy.
Julia: I imagine that I am the main character.
Madi: They’re just really good. Everyone likes them.
What do you like to watch on television?
Everyone: Disney channel, Nickelodeon.
Madi: I really like The Big Bang Theory.
Everyone: I love The Big Bang Theory! This started a discussion of the different characters and how funny it was.
Do you have any favourite apps?
Everyone: Subway Surfer! Cue excited discussion
Madi: Yeah, Subway Surfer’s awesome! And Minion Rush is really good too!
Everyone: Yes! Minion Rush is excellent!
Alex: I always play Candy Crush on my mum’s phone. This caused a huge discussion where the girls talked about how much they loved it and they had to play it every night, often in the car while mum was driving.
How much time do you think you spend on apps?
Alex: I don’t know. I usually use mum’s phone in the car but I’m only allowed to play on the iPad at weekends.
Madi: I secretly take my home iPad into bed with me and play games under the doona when I’m meant to be asleep!
Cassie: I think I only spend a few minutes every day.
Julia: I can only go on my iPad at weekends as well but I always just use my mum or dad’s phone to play apps instead.
What do you use the internet for at home?
Madi: I look for pictures to put on as a background on my iPad,
Alex: I like to watch Minecraft tutorials.
What do you watch on YouTube?
Cassie: my brother always puts funny clips on that make me laugh.
Madi: Yeah, I like to watch funny things on YouTube.
Julia: My dad puts songs on for me to dance to and sometimes I watch the videos. I love Katy Perry.
Everyone: Yes, music videos on YouTube are good and Katy Perry is really good.
Do you use any other apps or the internet for anything else?
Julia: I use Instagram on my iPod to send pictures to my cousins.
Alex: I love Minecraft. I always go on that when I can. My brother helps me.
Cassie: I use my Nintendo to play Just Dance. This started a huge discussion about Nintendo and X-Box games.
Everyone: I love Just Dance, Just Party, Super Mario Karts.
Are there any other things that are popular with 7 year olds at the moment?
Everyone: loom bands!
Cassie: I make loom bands all the time. My sister shows me how to.
Alex: I’m really good at making loom bands now.
Julia: I have hundreds of different colours. I have some glow in the dark ones!
This interview was really interesting and provoked a lot of enthusiasm and discussion. It was interesting to learn more about the girls’ interests at home as well as finding out about the time they secretly spent on mum and dad’s phone and on their iPads without their parents being aware!