Cyberchase

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Problem-solving cyber-adventures for kids.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 29 reviews

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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. Teamwork is a major theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cyberchase 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byanijoni May 5, 2009

Kids love it

My 7 and 2 year olds love this show. I do not know why it is rated "iffy" for 2 year olds except that they may not understand the all of the content.... Continue reading
Adult Written bydawn31400 April 9, 2008

Good thinking Skills !

My daughter is only 5 but has been enjoying this show since she was 4. She is just starting to get the problem solving with some help from me. I think it... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGMWlife December 16, 2017

Hacker!

The surrealism, but yet educational purposes are astounding. The Hacker is probably my favorite cartoon villain of all-time. I mean sure, I like the villian on... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMaya16 September 13, 2015

Educational show for kids to grow up with

I used to watch this when I was younger. It expooses kids to math skills like multiplication. Most kids will not notice that they are learning while watching.

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?

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 Cyberchase'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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about trial and error in Cyberchase. Do 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?

  • How do the characters in Cyberchase demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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