Ghost Trackers

Common Sense Media says

Fun competition with a few supernatural chills.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a competition, but the competitors (especially for middle schoolers) are able to keep the focus away from their personal issues.

Violence & scariness

Centuries-old murders are discussed, with little detail.

Sexy stuff
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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 younger kids and even sensitive early graders may be frightened by some of the show's creepy stories of hauntings and homicides and spooky sound effects. Other than that, there's not really any specific content to object to for any age, so it's up to you to know your kids and decide whether they're ready for even the mildest ghost stories.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In GHOST TRACKERS, middle schoolers compete for the title of top tracker by investigating supposedly haunted places on their own, armed with the most sophisticated "ghost tracking technology." Alone (except for the previously hidden cameras) in the haunted house/lighthouse/inn, they measure changes in temperature and electromagnetic fields while some of their fellow trackers watch and rate their performances. Competition follows a standard bracket/elimination process, although wild-card trackers with high scores have the opportunity to jump back in during later rounds.

Is it any good?

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Overall, the show is a pretty amusing junior twist on Survivor. The contestants are old enough to be savvy to the competition and the need to play up their paranormal experiences -- but too young to be particularly good at either. Even younger kids will be able to see through them as they fake sensing the supernatural, or, better yet, try to hide their genuine fear. With the host feeding them scary stories through their headsets while they're alone at night in a strange place, even the most confident get a little wobbly at times.

Some kids will be frightened, either by the show's atmosphere -- sound effects and spooky music accompany the host's every word -- or by the stories of the hauntings. Others will just get a pleasurable chill or two. Parents may wish for a little more discussion of the series' "scientific" ghost tracking methods (what does a change in temperature really prove, anyway?), and the competition isn't always on equal footing -- some locations just come with scarier stories than others. But overall, this is a fun family show for middle graders and up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the kids who participate in the show get involved. Can you tell which ones are really interested and which might just be looking for their "big break"? Families can also discuss the nature of the competition and the show's voting process. Can you tell which kids are playing for the camera, or perhaps exaggerating their experiences? Do you think there might be some reason other than ghost tracking that some contestants cast their votes?

TV details

Cast:Joe MacLeod
Network:HBO Family
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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so so

its like young ghost hunters. its ok but its still young ghost hunters and they dont probly debunk or miss solv any thing.also as kids like me they would get scared and thing its a ghost but when its just a liking pipe. you dont see much into why the place is hunted wich bothers me. all in all its ok but its still just a rokie show...
Teen, 13 years old Written byJayc3 January 10, 2010
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Dumb

Stupid show, don't even know why they bother. Oh wait, now I see, the amount of kids that believe in this crap. Seriously, you think that ghosts are real because a show on nickolodeon (SP?) has kids go into 'haunted' houses walking around saying they're scared every 5 seconds? There are so many flaws in this too, why are they sending kids in there, if there is an actual ghost in there then why don't they get some specialists to partake in it? Dumb show aimed at dumb kids.
Teen, 14 years old Written byVolcanoTaco January 8, 2009
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I go to bed with chills up my spine.

I usually catch this at 8:30 due to homework and other things. It is scary but I have seen a few minutes of ghost hunters and I must say that is scary too. My favorite episode of this show would have to be Ghosts of the Grande Theatre because the trackers see seats with imprints in it. I rally like it and i think your kids might too. I dont recommend it to kids under ten because it is kind of scary since I take Joe Mclouds word for it when he says everything is real. Really good. Cant wait to see what tonights episode is.

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