Bear Grylls: Survival School

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Kid-focused survivalist adventure teaches valuable lessons.

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age 17+
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age 17+
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Educational Value

Lessons range from outdoor survival skills to skills to enhance personal growth. 

Positive Messages

The importance and value of leadership, courage, perseverance, and critical thinking are offered here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Grylls and other leaders are supportive but firm in their guidance. Although the group is sometimes divided by gender, the same expectations are placed on the young men and women. 

Violence & Scariness

Rappelling, jumping, hunting, animal skinning, and other activities shown. Safety gear used and guides are present. Students are sometimes taught military tricks used during wartime or to keep themselves safe from enemies. The consumption of worms, squirrels, and other animals is shown. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bear Grylls: Survival School is a kid-oriented series featuring tweens and teens learning how to survive in the wild. It has very positive messages about leadership, empowerment, and facing fears, though there are occasional injuries and some bickering and tears. Viewers of all ages are encouraged to not try what they see here at home without the help of trained experts to guide them. 

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What's the story?

BEAR GRYLLS: SURVIVAL SCHOOL is a reality series hosted by survivalist Bear Grylls as he teaches kids to survive the wild. For two weeks, a team of older tweens and teens leave their electronics at home and travel to northwest Wales to participate in a survival school, where they learn how to properly secure food, build shelter, and protect themselves from the elements. They also learn how to climb and rappel along with other skills necessary to travel over rough terrain. Sometimes they participate in challenges designed to help them use their skills under pressure. In the final 24 hours, they're dropped on a mountain in Snowdonia National Park and must navigate their way back as a team to the rendezvous point in order to successfully graduate.

Is it any good?

This installment of the Bear Grylls franchise promotes the value of spending time in the outdoors, and doing so responsibly, to a generation of kids who aren't often encouraged to do so. It also promotes positive values like team leadership, problem-solving, perseverance, and courage, all of which are designed to make them stronger, more independent individuals. 

There's some whining and tears as the kids struggle to face their fears, and at times frayed nerves and exhaustion lead to some bickering. Meanwhile, the overall series serves as a promotional vehicle for Grylls. But overall, Bear Grylls: Survival School contains very empowering messages that young folks can benefit from. They may even be inspired to check out the great outdoors. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to go through survivalist training. What are your goals? Your biggest fears? Do you think you would make it all the way through?

  • Bear Grylls: Survival School offers lots of important lessons about safely spending time in nature. What are some of the things you learned while watching? 

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