If you're not already familiar with the caliber and intensity of youth athletics, then this dramatic series is a real eye-opener, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Your tolerance for the content really depends on which side you favor in the discussion over competition at a young age, and if you don't arrive at the show with an established position, you'll find the arguments skew heavily toward the tough-love approach. The pressure these kids shoulder from their coaches, their parents, and themselves rivals that of your favorite professional athlete, and it takes an obvious toll on them. On the other hand, facing this kind of adversity teaches them self-discipline, teamwork, and perseverance, though it's much harder to find examples of this more positive effect of competition.
As with any reality series, it's important to remember that a season's worth of practice, game, and personal-time footage is trimmed down to mere hours of actual screen time designed to accentuate drama as much as possible, so in all likelihood not every minute of these kids' lives is dominated by football and expectations of winning as the show would suggest. Even so, unless you're a die-hard believer in this winning-is-everything mentality for kids and tweens, Friday Night Tykes is very tough to watch in spots, especially when parents and coaches are the ones who lose perspective (and their cool). The focus on youth football is sure to draw some kids, but watching with them will allow you to temper what they see and monitor the strong language that's prevalent throughout.