Parent reviews for Degrassi

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age 14+

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age 14+

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age 13+

Based on 231 reviews

age 12+

Degrassi: TNG

I think this is a pretty good show. It does talk about sex, drugs, violence, but not in an overly explicit way as you would see in most American young adult shows. Most of the sex stuff is just suggestive. If your child is old enough to have the “birds and the bees” talk I think they are old enough for this show but maybe watch with them. Even though it was ahead of this time there are a few moments that would require further explanation from a parent. Some episodes are more G-rated than others.

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age 13+

An amazing show that teaches valuable lessons, in a realistic, yet fun environment.

Degrassi is an amazing show that teaches so many valuable lessons. Many say that the show overdoes it when it comes to sex and drugs, violence and more. Honestly, from my experience in High School, I would say that Degrassi shows a realistic depiction on many events and situations that High School students may get faced with or have to deal with. The show covers topics like questioning sexual orientation, teen suicide, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol use, death, sex, the pressures of High School, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse and many more. Majority of these subjects are hard to talk about and Degrassi teaches kids about them and shows the down-side, the realistic consequences that their actions might have. If you want your kids to learn more about life and the troubles and problems they'll have to face, I would highly recommend this show. They deal with difficult issues but portray them realistically, without all the Hollywood glam that makes things seem better than they really are. There are some subjects that may not be entirely appropriate for younger viewers, like; one of the characters contracting gonorrhea, people losing their virginity or even people getting raped. I would recommend that parents watch the episodes before showing their kids to check that they're appropriate for the certain teen. But, be aware, that however bad you may see an episode or certain issue as, your child has probably already heard or dealt with something similar to that topic. To summarise, I HIGHLY recommend Degrassi, and all of the shows in the Degrassi franchise, as a great learning material that is both fun and realistic for teens and older kids.

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age 15+

Degrassi

I think it is a great show. But there is alot of sexual things from STD, Birth Control, Condoms, Porn, Teen pregnancies, and more. It also contains alot of parties and with parties alchohol and drugs. I would say based on the seasons I've seen (1-9) I wouldn't let anyone under high school watch this. It puts alot of thoughts into heads. Though they are punished for what they do. It could leave a bad impression on your kid. But that depends on the kid. I would recomend parents screening this before they let there kid watch this. But at the same time you can learn from these characters.

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age 9+

Not as inappropriate as people think

You prudes need to GET OVER yourselves. This show is not as bad as people think. Your kids hear AND see worse in school. This show is not on par with Family Guy, South Park, or even The Simpsons in overall "inappropriate" content. Degrassi is not inappropriate. It even aired on Noggin (before the channel's renaming to Nick Jr.) several times in 2005-'08. The episodes on Noggin were rated TV-Y7, while on The N (now TeenNick) they are rated TV-PG. Only occasionally a TV-14 rating will pop up. 13 Reasons Why is the show you don't want your kids watching. Degrassi is for 9+.

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age 15+

Tough topics that should not be viewed without follow up from a parent or trusted adult

This has plenty of sensitive topics discussed throughout its many seasons. A few are parental abuse, relationship abuse, sexuality, gun violence, assault, cancer, suicide, and self harm are among them. Parents should be ready to address their child's questions that this show is sure to raise. With good follow-up it could be a great parent-teen show!

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age 14+

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age 18+

One episode has nudity!

In the episode Hungry Eyes, Emma Nelson takes off her dress and gets completely naked, exposing her bare butt to the audience.

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age 11+

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age 12+

Informative and Entertaining

A lot of the twist and turns and drama is for entertainment, but every once in a while there are episodes to help inform teens about their lives and the world they live in. Degrassi doesn't shy away from topics such as sexuality, abusive relationships, depression, anxiety, the consequences of drugs, and teen pregnancy. In fact, Degrassi's suicide storyline (season 12) was way more informative and better written than 13 Reasons Why. The show stresses kids to seek help from an adult in a lot of cases.

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age 14+

Degrassi doesn't encourage your children to do bad things, instead it teaches them not to do them.

Any adult who is saying that this show has too much sex, drugs, etc. is missing the entire point. If you believe that things like this aren't happening in high schools, you are just lying to yourself. Maybe this isn't how things were when you were younger, but times change. Kids these days are more conditioned to knowing about these different topics and issues at a younger age then you would imagine. Degrassi does not encourage any bad behavior, rather it expresses the issues behind them and shows why they are bad to TEACH a lesson about REAL things that happen in this world. I grew up watching this show and it helped me grow incredibly. Wish more shows were like this instead of the ridiculous un-realistic shows we have popular today.

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