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Hannah Montana

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A rock princess/girl-next-door made for tweens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's intent is to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

By giving Hannah/Miley at least somewhat relatable problems, the show helps kids figure out ways to cope with similar issues in their own lives. Overall it's upbeat and positive.

Positive role models

Hannah/Miley is spunky but also relatably nervous about everday teen worries. A widowed dad is very responsive to his son and daughter. That said, the characters can get a bit sassy/disrespectful at times, and there's definitely an aura of aspirational glamour over the whole thing (after all, Hannah is a megastar...).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Mild flirtations (more as the characters get older), discussions about crushes, some kissing and hugs.

Language

Some typical tween jargon such as "He's so hot."

Consumerism

Lots of girl talk about shopping, clothes, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that within the context of silly, preteen humor, main characters face normal adolescent challenges: How do I fit in? Will my friends like me if I'm different? How do I get her/him to notice me? Girls and boys talk about each other in the context of romantic relationships, dating, and kissing, but no sex. Tweens will certainly notice the glitz and glamour of the pop princess, but her actual appeal is how she faces everyday challenges in this dynamic part of development. (Note: The show's fourth and final season is promoted under the title Hannah Montana Forever.)

What's the story?

Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is a 14-year-old trying to live a normal life as a regular kid. She has fallen for a boy in class, works hard for good grades, and has a best friend with whom she shares her deepest secret: that she's also pop star Hannah Montana. Her widowed dad, Robbie (country star Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus's real-life father), doubles as her manager and confidante in many of her teen challenges.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Miley/Hannah lives the dream life of a pop star, but it's her relatable problems during school and everyday social life that make her so likable. She doesn't want to give up either of her worlds and manages (unrealistically) to keep them separate through many humorous close-calls.

Hannah Montana is from the producers of That's So Raven; obviously, Disney knows how to style a show (attractive kids, popular jargon) to appeal to female tweens. While the main characters are all white, there's the usual sprinkling of girls and boys of color to round out the supporting cast.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Hannah's fear that her peers will react differently to her when they find out she's a celebrity. How can we be true to ourselves and also feel like we're fitting in and part of a peer group?

  • Why is it important to show respect to others? Do the ways that the characters talk about and react to other girls and boys liv up to that standard?

  • Is it realistic for a young girl to have seemingly endless access to clothes and

  • accessories? In what ways is Hannah/Miley's life realistic?

TV details

Premiere date:March 24, 2006
Cast:Emily Osment, Miley Cyrus, Mitchel Musso
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, High school, Music and sing-along
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 2, 4, 4, 6, and 7 year old Written byLizzy2 January 9, 2010

Pretty bad messages about Friendship and Family life!

This show is not very good for children! The show started out when my oldest was only 3, and the second-oldest was 2. They were very young, but when their older cousin was over, they watched it. So, when it started out, Miley was sweet and was like a normal tween girl. Nice to her friends, and mostly nice to family. But as the show progressed, Miley got brattier and brattier. She is terribly rude to friends and family. My 6 year old isn't much of a disney girl, and she would rather be playing than watching TV, but my 7 year old and one of my 4 year olds, Railegh, enjoy this show. The 7 year old has picked up some of Miley's rude language. At first I had heard her saying it to family and friends, and people thought it was cute. My four year old picked it up too, which was precious. But then I got a call from my 7 year old's teacher, saying she was being rude towards her and the students. The teacher said that she made a comment and she replied with "Ya think?" which wasn't so bad. Until she did stuff Miley had done, such as actually laying on the floor of a school hallway and biting at her friend's leg! And probably the worst, my daughter had lost a friend over it! She didn't know when and when not to use "Hannah Montana Speak" as we now call it, and when a friend was upset about a deceased pet and wanted down time while my daughter wanted to play, my daughter told her to "build a bridge and get over it." I had a talk with my 7 and 4 year olds, and had banned them from being rude, and reminded them that it's just a show, and Miley is being very rude at times, and it's not acceptable in real life. But I decided to stop letting them watch the show when I watched an episode. Miley seems to be "using" her friends for her advantage, runs around like a diva, and twists situations so problems aren't her fault. Plus Miley Cyrus is a horrible role model, and her dad approves of it. But really, all the rest of the stars are good. But I do not want 4 teen divas running around in a couple of years, acting like Miley had!
Teen, 15 years old Written byOnlinegamer55 March 25, 2010

Parents, I have described some of my experiences with this show in this post, I have some advice which may be beneficial to you

These sorts of television shows communicate messages similar to those that more "babyish" shows communicate, but the context is geared towards teenagers and pre-teens. If you watch a typical "My friends Tigger and Pooh" episode, you might see a message along the lines of "be true to yourself", such as the one in which Tigger thought he was a different species and quit being "a Tigger". On the other hand, if you watch a typical Hannah Montana show, in which Hannah or Lily or some other girl/boy tries to get a kid from the opposite sex to like him/her, you'll get the same message - "Be true to yourself/don't act like someone you're not". There isn't really much difference in terms of the triviality of the messages, but what's different is the context. In a typical Hannah Montana episode, you'll see girls going after boys in a "love at first sight" manner, and in the end realize that it isn't worth it, but only after kissing and hugging, and "sexy stuff". But in "My Friends Tigger and Pooh", that message will be conveyed through fun and, well you know, "so-called kids stuff". Basically the idea is that Disney wants to have a catalogue of shows for all ages, but that, in order to keep the parents "happy", they need to show that they want viewers to learn something rather that just get more money. The context/message interplay is one that I've already discussed, so I'll get into a description of the content of these shows. Basically, in "Hannah Montana", there are two parallels within the show - Hannah Montana and her life (perhaps with Lily and Olliver), and her brother and Rico with their life (again, perhaps with Lily and Olliver). Now, only until the third season, Lily and Olliver were "just friends". Now, you see them flirting all the time, and you might also see Hannah flirting with boys at school. The show depicts teenage life, really, and a bit more. Only the context of the show, that Hannah leads a "double life" is of some significance. It's one of those shows when, if you cut out the flirting, you'll get a reasonable entertaining program which little kids might like to see. Another aspect of the show is the kids that act on it. Perhaps the most controversial is Miley Cyrus. Unfortunately, Miley has been involved in several scandals; one in which she participated in a "vanity fair", another in which she did a "pole dance" or something of the sort, and another in which she allegedly sucked a guy off (kids, if you're reading this, just ignore it). And perhaps most unfortunate of all, if you google her name, you get "near-naked" pics of her, and all these scandals will come up. Therefore, perhaps parents shouldn't let their kids get into googling her name, because almost always the search will lead to some thing "sexual". That said, the show does have many positive messages, and it may be alright for kids above 12 to view it. I would say that kids from 10-12 shouldn't really see it, because there are some aspects that can be a bad influence on them (once a guy on the show made a joke about sex). However, even if you don't feel comfortable in letting your kids view it, remember that more than 300 million people worldwide (possibly up to 500 million) have viewed this show, and more that 60% are kids, and 30% are kids below 10. So I'm sure it can't be that bad. If you're really skeptical about letting your children view it, then that's OK because they're other shows like "Wizards of Waverly Place", "Sonny with a Chance" and "JONAS" which have less flirting. Unfortunately, all non-playhouse disney shows have some flirting in it, mainly because they want it to appeal to older audiences. Hope I've helped!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byPandaRoo August 23, 2010

An excuse to show diva tantrums

I feel bad for those poor children who enjoy this 'act-of-comedy' I'm sorry, but Miley is rude and snobby, she always thinks of herself, and when she thinks of others, she makes it worse for them because she assumed thats what they wanted (altho it was nice of her to try-sort a) I use to like the show, but that was back when she wasnt selfish on the show. In one episode Jackson has no choice but to tell his new girl friend (which is a bikini model-real age appropreate) that Miley was Hannah Montana, because she still thinks her and Jackson are 'dating' and Miley gets all in his face saying "Fine, tell her and let her ruin my life!" (For one, she didnt seem so edgy when Rico had a picture of her 'secret' which she assumed was her HM secret, and Rico said she had to kiss him to keep it under raps, and she said, fine, send it, now shes all horrible when it means actually helping someone other than herself) Second, on that (incredibly sad) episode when Jessie came back, she had to break some time with her dad to make time for him, and his dad called, and she's all "I had to break time with MY dad, yet you cant skip a stupid phone call?!" and he answered "He's stationed in Afganastan" There are times she IS consitteret, but there are many times she's not. What kind of skript to those people write? They turned the character into a real B*tch. And in the movie she learned a lesson and was going a new direction, and got a new 'boyfriend' then back at the show, its all normal again, the boyfriends gone so she can fight between Jake and Jessie again, and she's as grouchy as ever. She's disrespectful to her dad, by running off to Florida without his permition because he said "No, your too young" and its sad that Jackson had to ask if "he's his favorite child now" and when they caught up to her on the plane, all the dad did was sing her a song, and LET her go to Florida. She's mean to her brother, who often has to make sacrifices for her. Her friends (who are dating) are suck-ups, and mean to Miley behind her back (pay attention, you'll see) And those girls at Miley's school that go "Ooh.. cseee" for one, on the brightside, they shpw how NOT to act, but I highly doubt people really act like that, if someone disagrees and says girls at their school are like that, I am soo sorry! Well, some episodes are great, and some are horrible, I watch the new ones mostly because there's nothing on, and out of curiousity. But I dont think little kids that may imitate this should watch it, I mean its a tween sitcom, why ARE little kids watching it? I have a 4 year old cousin who watches and imitates Miley and oh-my-gosh.... plus, they hit Oliver a LOT and make sarcastic remarks.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages

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