Cyberchase

Common Sense Media says

Problem-solving cyber-adventures for kids.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Demonstrates great problem solving with actual math skills at work. The "real life" segment reinforces the lessons by showing live-action kids using math and reasoning skills to solve practical problems.

Positive messages

Diverse characters take turns leading and solving problems.

Positive role models

The kids are all smart and positive and are working to protect Mother Board and all that's good in the world. They cooperate and use different skill sets to solve problems. The only downside is that they're pretty flat characters without much realism.

Violence & scariness

Some cartoon pratfalls.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adventure cartoon mixes fantasy with practical problem-solving. The adventures aren't scary, violent, or sexually inappropriate. Rather, they require fortitude and brain power. When the main characters cooperate, their smarts overpower any struggle.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

CYBERCHASE takes place inside that quasi-fantastical world we call Cyberspace. The show revolves around three kids who get drawn into Cyberspace through a portal and are asked to help protect Mother Board from a malevolent bad guy named Hacker, who intends to take over all of the existing systems for his own benefit. In each episode, a real-life skill is introduced, such as how to read a map or how to do inverse operation problem-solving. The adventures hinge on the characters' abilities to problem solve, while the show's pacing invites kids to figure the problem out for themselves.

Is it any good?

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The only downside to adventures in Cyberspace is the fact that many characters are glued to computer screens all day and have a limited sense of what goes on in the "real world." Apparently the show's producers considered this paradox and have provided a 5-minute scenario after the cartoon called "For Real," which shows a real person solving problems using the skills taught in the show -- in the real world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about trial and error. Dis the kids figure out the problem right away? Or did they try out a few different strategies before they got it right? How do you deal with trial and error in real life?

  • Who are the "good guys" and who are the "bad guys" in this show? What is the bad guy's motivation?

TV details

Cast:Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon, Novie Edwards
Network:PBS
Genre:Educational
Topics:Magic and fantasy
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bySI Dad April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Brainpower Wins!

The kids in the show use their brainpower to conquer the villain. The show models logical thinking and problem solving. It is also well produced and a joy to watch.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Adult Written bySamanthamaster1 November 21, 2014
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5
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Good educational cartoon.

This show is good for teaching elementary schoolers math, they teach them addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and, even some algebra, which would even be good for kids older than elementary. Cyberchase is the school age version of Team Umizoomi, which targets preschoolers.
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Great role models

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