Kids talk all about back-to-school during Thursday’s Instagram Live

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-09-08 14:40

Hey, are you 12 or younger? Don't have an Instagram account? You can still participate by asking an adult in your life to stream the Instagram Live event with you. And don't forget, if you can't tune in live, we'll  post the full video of the event right here at cbckidsnews.ca


Feeling the back-to-school jitters a little more than usual this year? You're not the only one.

That’s why we’re giving you the chance to hear directly from Canadian kids about their back-to-school experiences.

CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry will be speaking to students, other contributors and a mental health expert about their thoughts and concerns about going back to school. 

It’s happening on Instagram Live Thursday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

What will we be talking about?

We have a few special guests on deck.

First, we’ll be talking to Dr. Carlton Duff, a psychologist with the Canadian Mental Health Association, about back-to-school anxiety and how to deal with it.

Are stress levels going to be even higher this year? What are common fears kids have around going back to school?

Duff is going to answer these questions — and more.

A headshot of Dr. Carlton Duff, a psychologist with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

In addition to children and young people, Dr. Carlton Duff has experience working with parents, teachers, police, military, first responders and physicians. (Image submitted by Carlton Duff)

We’re also speaking to CBC Kids News contributors Alexia Sabau and Emile Burbidge about their videos on homeschooling tips and the first day back to school.

It doesn’t end there.

We’ll also talk to 12-year-old Charles Nisbet about starting Grade 6 and Khiyla Aynne, also 12, about returning to school virtually.

Theland Kicknosway, an Indigenous student from Ottawa who is starting his final year in high school, will also talk about why he opted for virtual learning.

Headshots of Charles Nisbet, from Montreal, who is returning to school in-person, Theland Kicknosway, an Indigenous student from Ottawa who is starting his final year in high school, and Khiyla Aynne, from Toronto, who will be returning virtually this year.

Charles Nisbet, left, from Montreal, is returning to school in-person, while Theland Kicknosway from Ottawa, and Khiyla Aynne, from Toronto, will be returning virtually this year. (Images submitted by Marc Nisbet, Theland Kicknosway and Khiyla Aynne)

Tune in!

It’s safe to say that we think there’s useful information here for everyone.

So be sure to tune in LIVE Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. We’ll also post the full video of the event on our website in the days that follow.

In the meantime, check out these back-to-school tips:

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