A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show helps teach young kids how to deal with their sometimes-strong emotions.
The show promotes curiosity and empathy and sometimes tackles strong emotions (fear, anger, etc.) in a way that will help kids deal with them.
Positive Role Models
The program is full of diverse characters who exhibit positive behavior. Caillou himself sometimes acts like a real-life 4-year-old, which turns some viewers -- particularly adults -- off, but it's relatable for kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Caillou is about a sweet, curious child who loves to explore the world. The program sometimes deals with intense emotions such as fear, anger, loneliness, anxiety, and empathy, but they're presented in a straightforward manner that will help kids, not frighten them. The character sometimes exhibits realistic behavior typical of a 4-year-old.
Is It Any Good?
Some of Caillou's reactions to situations are quite realistic: When he breaks a friend's bucket in the sandbox, the friend tells him that she doesn't want to play with him anymore. Caillou sulks, and when his mother asks him what's wrong, he doesn't at first 'fess up to breaking his friend's toy. A narrator explains Caillou's true intentions to viewers: He's embarrassed. Caillou might also make a sour face or protest if asked to do something he doesn't want to do, but the narrator usually explains his motives. Overall, he displays realistic reactions -- which might make Caillou more companion than role model. But he always gets the life lesson -- and viewers will, too.
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.