A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Episodes focus more on entertainment than education, but some episodes feature stories where listeners can learn about communication skills and overcoming adversities such as bullying, embarrassment and hard times. Hosts and celebrity guests reflect on their teenage experiences to make sense of how they became the adults they are today.
Episodes discuss positive bonds between sisters and embracing who you are. Most episodes discuss underage drinking and drug use, and they don't always condemn these actions or show the negative impacts of these actions. Some episodes discuss the importance of being friendly to everyone and communicating with others even while being bullied. Hosts reflect on their teenage years and experiences the positive and negative experience, without being worried about having moral takeaways. Indirectly models looking back on past behaviors and growing up in a relatable way that helps listeners to look at their self growth.
Positive Role Models
Although the hosts provide some inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles to become successful and make an impact on the world regardless of hard times, they also discuss experiences where they engaged in activities in their younger years such as drinking and drug use that does not provide younger audiences with positive leadership representation. The hosts and guests are well-known celebrities, so their experiences aren't always relatable to the average listener.
Hosts discuss experiences between themselves and guests that are specific to growing up as a girl in society. Hosts Sasha and Alana promote inclusion in their stories and reflections and since they're both Jewish, they often give perspective of growing up in the Jewish faith. Some stereotypical language and labeling when discussing growing up, like talking about the "cool" and "uncool" kids.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
Minimal references to violence such as bullying or harassment.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sexual activities, romance, and nudity including virginity, dating and hookup culture.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Hosts frequently and casually swear. Words frequently used include "f--k", "sh-t" and hell.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent references in most episodes to drinking, smoking and drugs. Alcohol and drug use is not always condemned, even when discussing underage use. However, older listeners may be able to make their own conclusions about the negative impacts of this use through analyzing the stories told.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Free Period is a podcast with an young adult audience in mind. Episodes focus on embarrassing, enlightening or tough middle and high school experiences that many adults can relate to, while also referencing more mature topics throughout these experiences such as underage drinking, drug use and sex. Although episodes can help older listeners reminisce on their adolescence and give teens a wider perspective of life after their adolescent journey, most episodes focus on entertaining listeners through stories with casual swearing and some stereotypical messaging. Adults should listen to episodes before allowing teenagers and young adults to listen to the episodes so that they can decide what they're comfortable with. This podcast could be a conversation starter between older teens and adults to relate to one another and for parents and caregivers to empathize with their teens and young adults.
Is It Any Good?
For adults and young adults, this is sure to be an entertaining, relatable and sometimes motivating podcast, but it's not very educational and could send mixed messages to younger audiences. Hosts Alana Haim and Sasha Spielberg bring their unique experiences and personalities to Free Period, making the podcast humorous and interesting. However, for tween and younger teen listeners this podcast could be interpreted as glorifying behaviors such as underage drinking, lying and drug use.
One of the shows strengths is how it discusses middle and high school stories and feelings that many people can relate to, helping listeners not feel seen and understood in these experiences. In some ways, episodes also model how to overcome obstacles and have a more positive outlook on life and these experiences. The constant use of swearing and references to mature activities may drown out the more positive aspects of the podcast for younger audiences, but it can also be a positive conversation starter and bonding exercise for adults and their older teen or young adult kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Podcasts That Spark Important Conversations
Helpful Podcasts for Teens
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate