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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween-friendly show heavily promotes home channel's series.

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Educational Value

Occasional feel-good messages about community involvement, but for the most part, the show’s focus is on entertainment rather than on education.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates pop culture trends and icons in much the same way that an entertainment magazine does. Some segments celebrate real kids’ involvement in their communities and service projects they perform.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host is a fast-talking font of information that tweens will love, including interviews with trendy stars, previews of upcoming movies, and fun facts of all kinds. He’s also an accomplished magician and works his craft into the show.

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Sexy Stuff

The series exists mostly to promote the Hub’s shows and movies, which the host does in three of the four breakout segments and throughout his monologues.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this magazine-style series heavily promotes The Hub’s shows through weekly plot recaps, hints at upcoming episodes, and a segment that shows a TV flipping through the viewing options themselves. The show also includes pop culture references like music and sports updates, as well as trend reports (what’s hot and what’s not) and interviews with big-name stars like Jason Derulo. On the upside, the host is dynamic and funny and even mixes some magic in with his monologues. Just keep in mind that if you’re trying to curtail your kids’ TV viewing, this show’s built-in advertising won’t help your cause at all.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byjoyman June 4, 2013

Are you takeing suggestion

IF you are takeing suggestion I would like to see Superhuman Samurai and Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters on the hub

What's the story?

HUBWORLD is a weekly recap program that aims to keep kids informed about all the goings-on at its home channel, The Hub. Justin Willman hosts the magazine-style show, which includes recaps of many of The Hub’s shows, promotions for new-release music and movies, and interviews with stars. Some segments also center on real-life kids who make a difference in their communities through volunteering.

Is it any good?

Tweens will enjoy this fast-paced show that centers on pop culture and keeps them up to date on current trends and the hottest names in entertainment and sports. Willman is a truly dynamic host who ensures that there’s never a dull moment onscreen, and viewers will like his humor, easygoing style, and occasional magic tricks.

Hubworld’s biggest sticking point is that its primary goal is to promote The Hub’s own shows. If your kids do tune in, there’s a good chance they’ll want to check out some of the series whose clips they see featured in recap or promotional segments, so if you’re looking to limit their TV watching, there just might be too much temptation to make this a worthwhile choice. What’s more, it also endorses current trends in entertainment and fashion, which might also influence your tweens’ likes and dislikes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pop culture. Tweens: How do you know what’s “in” or trendy? Who decides what the current trends are? How are your likes and dislikes affected by the media? Do you ever disagree with trends?

  • Tweens: What do you think is this show’s intention? Is it trying to educate you in some way? If so, how does it aim to do so? Have you ever seen another show like this one? Did you like it? Are you encouraged to watch it again?

  • Talk about your own rules regarding TV and other forms of media. Tweens: Is your viewing time limited in any way? Are there certain shows you’re not allowed to watch?

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