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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Group Chat with Annie & Jayden is a chat room-style series in which two hosts engage with guest stars in a remote talk show format. The stars do interview sessions that reveal surprising facts about each other, play games, compete in silly challenges, and sometimes suffer losses with messy or gross-out punishments like brushing their teeth with mayonnaise. The show’s content is fine for kids, but viewers will be introduced to young stars of Nickelodeon and other productions, which might pique their interest in the celebrities' other screen work.
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What's the story?
In GROUP CHAT WITH ANNIE & JAYDEN, Nickelodeon stars and social media personalities Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels remotely host a talk show in which celebrity guests join them for conversation, games, and funny challenges. Annie and Jayden -- along with Annie’s younger sister, Hayley -- discuss trending topics and play games, usually with unpleasant consequences for the losing parties.
Is it any good?
Best friends and prolific media stars Annie and Jayden are a good fit for this kind of unscripted programming, which elevates what otherwise could be a rather mundane endeavor. There’s a natural ease to their conversation, and the show’s docket of games like "Never Have I Ever" and trivia contests about their guests keeps the content unpredictable. And because it’s always fun to see celebrities in a more natural setting -- especially if they’re willing to get laughs at their own expense -- Group Chat delivers for fans of the hosts and the drop-in stars in that regard as well.
Annie, Jayden, and the visiting stars put the technological possibilities to good use here, an example of how various platforms can help maintain or enhance personal relationships at a distance. Group Chat’s lighthearted content offers viewers a fun escape from more routine TV, and a chance to see some celebs in an uncommon natural light.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of social media. How does it allow us to stay in touch with family and friends from a distance? Is it a good substitute for personal interaction? Why or why not?
Kids: How do you ensure your safety when you are online? What rules does your family have about screen time? What are some of your favorite alternatives to electronic activities?
Did you know the show's celebrity guests before you watched Group Chat with Annie & Jayden? Does seeing your favorite stars in a show encourage you to watch it?
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