|ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|PAUSE: Know your child; some content|
may not be right for some kids.
|OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids any age.|
Parents need to know that although MTV has been promoting this show as very sexy and flamboyant, in many respects, the show takes the opposite approach, portraying a gritty and (at least for some) realistic picture of teen life. An adaptation of the popular British teen drama, it's as edgy and boundary-pushing as the original and is likely to make parents very uncomfortable. Both teens and adults drink excessively, smoke, deal and use drugs, and engage in various sexual acts. These and other risky behaviors are met with limited consequences and portrayed, to an extent, as normal behavior. Expect plentiful sex acts (between teens, adults and teens, and same-sex partners), some nudity (bare buttocks), and lots of profanity (words “ass” and "s--t" are audible, while "f--k" is bleeped). The series also touches on some serious subjects, like divorce, eating disorders, and relationships. Due to the extreme behavior in the show, Common Sense Media recommends parents preview the show, if possible, before allowing teens to watch. If teens do watch, parents might find the show a good jumping-off point for some important discussions.