Parents' Guide to

Aim High

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

First-ever "social series" raises online privacy issues.

TV Online Action 2011
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AIM HIGH is on the fast track to fame, but that's due less to the show itself and more to its first-ever "social series" format. The "unlikely hero" premise isn't exactly groundbreaking, and the talented cast can't do enough to polish this unremarkable tale. But really, little of this matters when you look at what the series does have going for it: the novelty of a never-before-seen bridge between TV and the Internet that allows viewers to put themselves and their friends into the story itself. Intrigued? You're not alone, and chances are your teens and tweens are already one step ahead of you in trying out the new application via their Facebook profile page.

There's no denying the shtick works. It's hard to tear your eyes from the screen when you're waiting to see your own image staring back at you from a poster on the wall or a photo in a montage. It's like a high-tech game of "Where's Waldo?", and it's got definite repeat appeal for the masses, encouraging them to come back for more in each new episode. Although the format itself is optional and there don't appear to be any hard-and-fast privacy issues relating to this new technology since it's only accessing information that you and your friends have agreed to share with each other anyway, it does refresh concerns about the consequences of sharing personal information on the Internet and the longevity of the stuff you do share. After all, do you really want your snarky Facebook comments plastered across a graffiti wall in a TV series, even if it is for your -- or your friends' -- eyes only?

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