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Cyberchase

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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. Teamwork is a major theme.

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
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:January 21, 2002
Cast:Annick Obonsawin, Jacqueline Pillon, Novie Edwards
Network:PBS
Genre:Educational
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Character strengths:Teamwork
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Adult Written bySI Dad April 9, 2008

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, 10 years old April 9, 2008