A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The team's travels introduce kids to world geography, history, and cultural studies. Viewers see the cast indulge in local food, experience customary music and entertainment, and learn some of the indigenous language.
The series encourages curiosity about the world's diversity by exposing viewers to foreign people and their cultures. The cast's dedication to philanthropic endeavors is a touching reminder of the importance of helping others and may inspire a new respect for voluntarism in viewers.
Positive Role Models
Stanton and her friends share their excitement for discovering new cultures with their viewers, and they're respectful of local customs and the people they meet. They seem truly devoted to the charitable causes they join and comment about the positive effects the experiences have on them. Stanton is also a great role model in that she doesn't try to be glamorous, like some other young female stars, and seems genuine and a little goofy, in a way kids can relate to.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but some of the team's travels take them to places with violent pasts, like a Vietnamese war prison. In these cases, there are photos and replicas of past violence as well as some weapons in sight.
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Products & Purchases
Business and brand names (Ovation guitar, for example) are present within context, and the celebs get plenty of face time for their involvement.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series exposes kids to world geography, history, and cultural diversity through the eyes of its young host and her team of familiar celebrities like Chelsea Staub-Kane and Devon Werkheiser, who traverse multiple continents to explore new places and to help out philanthropic efforts in their host cities. The show is a great introduction for kids to cultural awareness, since it keeps the content light and relatable for young viewers (visiting the Great Wall of China and tasting local seafood, for instance) . . . and being presented by some of their favorite TV personalities doesn't hurt, either. Kids might need a little more explanation when the team's travels reference weighty issues like the Vietnam war, but overall, this is a worthwhile series for curious kids.
Is It Any Good?
ELIZABETH STANTON'S GREAT BIG WORLD! lives up to its name inasmuch as it exposes viewers to the awesome diversity that spans the globe. From the sparkling white beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to the rugged Chinese mountain peaks, no two stops on the tour are alike. Each one boasts distinct natural richness and beauty, not the least of which is evident in the local people and their customs.
This kid-geared show goes a step further to promote cultural awareness and good will by incorporating philanthropy in a unique way, and there are obvious positive messages for kids to get from watching some of their favorite TV stars -- along with the exuberant host -- roll up their sleeves for a good cause. Don't be surprised if the show raises some questions from kids of all ages about issues like poverty, birth defects, and malnutrition, since these are the kind of topics that pop up during the course of an episode, so use the opportunity to discuss the subject of charity as a family.
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