A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this COPS-esque reality series about police officers who patrol various American college campuses frequently shows students (many underage) drinking, smoking, and partying. Some female students are also shown flaunting their cleavage and/or engaging in sexually provocative behavior (though there's no nudity). Although the show isn’t too violent, officers do make arrests and often have to diffuse tense situations. Drug use, drunk driving, and other inappropriate behavior are also discussed. If your teens do end up watching, be sure to join them so you can talk about the featured students' choices and challenges.
What's the story?
Reality series CAMPUS PD follows the police officers responsible for patrolling college towns and university campuses across the country. Cameras roll as officers shut down loud parties, monitor campus protests, and respond to various 9-1-1 calls. Arrests for various crimes are also made.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, Campus PD's appeal -- such that it is -- comes from seeing college students take their partying too far rather than from watching the officers do their job. It isn’t as violent as police docs like COPS or Street Patrol, but it does feature young people being arrested for a variety of criminal activities, ranging from drunk driving to drug possession.
Some people may like this voyeuristic glimpse at college life, but overall the show sends confusing messages about what life in college is all about. The endless scenes of young adults partying, getting drunk, and arguing with police officers may also make viewers wonder whether these students actually have any time left for studying.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the way television depicts college life. How true to life do you think this particular show is? Do most students drink and party when they go to college?
What are the real-life consequences of the kind of behavior depicted here? Do you think the show makes those consequences clear?
How can you handle peer pressure when you go away to school? What are some of the ways that you can have fun in college without engaging in destructive and/or illegal behavior?
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