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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this mystery series offers a tween-friendly package of suspense and drama with little content to be concerned about. The teens provide good models of teamwork and respect, and their experiences with crushes, love triangles, and friendship struggles have some positive messages for tweens. There's a strong tie-in to the show’s website, so it’s a good idea to remind kids about your family's rules for Internet use before giving them the go-ahead.
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What's the story?
HOUSE OF ANUBIS is a teen drama that follows the mysterious happenings in a dormitory at a British boarding school. The story starts with the arrival of an American student, Nina (Nathalia Ramos), and the simultaneous disappearance of Joy (Klariza Clayton). Joy’s best friend, Patricia (Jade Ramsey), is suspicious of the newcomer, but Nina makes a fast friend of the studious Fabian (Brad Kavanagh). Joy’s disappearance also corresponds with eerie and unexplained events throughout the house, and a handful of students set out to find out what’s behind them. Meanwhile, Nina’s new acquaintance with an elderly woman named Sarah (Rita Davies), who lived in the House of Anubis when she was young, may hold the key to unraveling all of the mysteries.
Is it any good?
House of Anubis has a lot to offer the tween set, from age-appropriate chills to some positive models in its teen characters. The show is a good stepping stone to scarier mysteries for kids who are new to this kind of content, as its light-fare suspense isn’t likely to really scare viewers of this age. As for the teens themselves, they’re a pretty likable bunch, and they navigate the choppy waters of love triangles and friendship woes with a fair amount of grace.
Tweens who do tune in may be tempted by plugs to visit the show’s website to play games, read more about the show, and use clues from each episode to solve mysteries on the site. Parents can use this opportunity to talk to their kids about Internet safety and to reiterate their rules about Internet use.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. Do you think all of the relationships in this show are realistic? How do they compare to your relationships with your peers?
Does this show scare you? How does it compare to other mystery series you’ve seen? Does the fact that it’s a British show change its tone? If so, how?
What are your family’s rules about the Internet? What sites do you visit frequently? Have you ever seen anything inappropriate on the Internet? What did you do?
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