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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Do what makes you happy. Stay true to yourself and the people who matter in your life. Take the time to love yourself. Have empathy for others. Stay positive and don't be afraid to stand out. Do your part to contribute to your community as you grow up. Treat others how you want to be treated. Some messages of consumerism.
Positive Role Models
Some episodes, hosts discuss dating, shopping, makeovers, and other topics typically aimed at young girls. But hosts also have a lot more to offer: positivity, enthusiasm, warmth, and empathy. Moreover, they all have inherent strength and creative voices of their own, which might inspire listeners. Episodes explore themes such as self-confidence, self-love, and compassion, all of which are perpetuated by the hosts themselves.
Due to its target audience, the Lego Friends Podcast focuses exclusively on a young female perspective. Host Nicole Laeno is South Asian, host Kheris Rogers is Black, and hosts Pressley Hosbach and Jordan Maeo are White. The show does prominently feature topics stereotypically associated with young girls. Even so, hosts bring a depth and versatility while also promoting empowerment and self-confidence in young listeners.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In early episodes, the hosts play clips from the Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission animated show and discuss plot lines related to dating and young romance, such as a girl character being asked to a dance by a boy. They also discuss personal stories, which occasionally include mentions of boyfriends and dating.
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Products & Purchases
The podcast makes no secret of the fact that it's a promotional tool for the Lego brand and assorted extensions of that brand, such as the Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission series. However, as the show goes on, the content relies less and less on direct tie-ins to Lego products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Lego Friends Podcast -- as its name indicates -- largely functions to promote the Lego brand and, oftentimes, specific products. For example, its first iteration stems directly from the animated Lego Friends: Girls on a Mission show. The young ladies who host the show even play and react to clips from the series, which focuses on a diverse group of female friends. Later episodes of the Lego Friends Podcast are directly tied to specific Lego products. The hosts play games and discuss broader themes tied to life challenges young girls often face. Episodes explore themes such as self-confidence, self-love, and compassion, all of which are perpetuated by the hosts themselves.
Is It Any Good?
While Lego Friends Podcast is highly promotional, it also has a lot of positive and empowering messages for young listeners. Every episode features its young hosts discussing Lego products and playing games such as "would you rather" and "guess the mashup animal sounds."
Episodes also feature honest conversations about self-confidence, self-love, and compassion. Even though the Lego Friends Podcast sometimes plays into stereotypes of young girls, it also uses the platform to influence young listeners seriously. That awareness makes all the difference and makes this a worthwhile podcast for older kids and tweens.
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