A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Videos provide information that teens can think about and use when they hear or read the news. This empowers kids to take a critical approach to assessing news value. The hosts encourage viewers to leave meaningful, constructive comments.
Positive Role Models
Hosts model for teens how they can be thoughtful news consumers with an eye for skepticism and a mind for critical thinking.
Violence & Scariness
Topics vary according to the real news of the day; the videos are tailored to teens, but news could mention violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topics vary according to the real news of the day; the videos are tailored to teens, but news could mention topics related to sex.
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Topics vary according to the real news of the day; the videos are tailored to teens, but news could include a swear word or teen slang related to swear words.
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Products & Purchases
Topics vary according to the real news of the day; the videos are tailored to teens and may include content related to a product, brand, or business.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Topics vary according to the real news of the day; the videos are tailored to teens, but news could mention substances. One video was about claims in the news related to health benefits of marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Above the Noise exposes the tricks behind fake news and explains the skills required to report news accurately. This YouTube series created by PBS affiliate KQED stars two college-age hosts, and includes a real-life teen advisory board based in San Francisco. Above the Noise presents some serious media-critical topics -- like data manipulation, false science claims, and overblown health promises -- with lots of graphics and often some humor, too. The approximately five-minute long episodes include explanations about information used in news gathering (such as the definition of a "peer-reviewed study") so teens can learn how to spot solid or flimsy information used in news, as well as specific, fact-checked information about the news topic at hand. Teens are encouraged to post comments that may be addressed in follow-up video discussions.
Is It Any Good?
This educational video series empowers teens to develop critical eyes and ears for news. The hosts of Above the Noise model how teens can be thoughtful news consumers with healthy skepticism and informed critical thinking. Teens can learn information they can use when they hear questionable claims and stories in the news and -- better still -- they're often quirky and funny, which helps kids remember them the next time they see or hear suspicious news.
What really sets this show apart and raises the bar set by other teen-oriented news shows of the past is teen engagement. In addition to the real-life advisory board, each episode encourages viewer comments, which are considered for the follow-up conversation episode. In those follow-up conversations, the hosts talk about how they reported the story and discuss the teen questions. These conversations are an excellent way to continue teen viewers' engagement, and they give teens real opportunities to get involved. Above the Noise is a terrific resource for teachers to use regularly in the classroom, or for parents to point teens toward when they have questions about a current news topic, or if a fake news story has duped them. The information presented on Above The Noise can be valuable for everyone -- even adults.
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.