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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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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?
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