I Survived...

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Harrowing true stories exploit instead of inspire.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 11+

Learn how to escape & anyone can be a victim

Movies & dramatic fiction show chidren (& grownups too) that the "bad guy" is scary looking, or that we'll get a "gut feeling" & that miraculously, if we pray or wish hard enough, we'll be rescued or survive. That is not real life. Children are inadvertently taught from TV - I call it "The Disney Effect" -that wishing or praying will realize their wishes. This program *should* scare you. It *should* frighten you. It will show you that you can lose loved ones and that terrible, horrible things happen to good people. "When it rains, it rains on every one". This show has taught me to never, ever give anyone the benefit of the doubt. It has taught me to never, ever! have "faith" in a stranger & allow yourself to be in a situation that could end up fatally. It does not turn you into a pessimist, in no way- it turns you into a realist. Watch with younger children SUPERVISED- and watch with older children & have a discussion. Excellent show to teach older children the miserable realities of life & to "watch out" I think it's a great opening to discuss safety & a child's reaction to the victims in this show. Thank you.

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Great role models
age 11+

I felt empowered by the stories of survival

I think it really depends on the episode. There was one that focused on Hurricane Katrina that was really inspiring and another that focused on the Alabama tornado from last spring. In both of those you could have talked about family emergency planning and weather and how it affects areas of the country. In addition, there have been some segments on children who were kidnapped and assaulted and it tells how they literally saved their own lives by thinking of ways to escape or remembered details about their attacks. Plus, for me personally, I watched it a lot while going through a divorce with my violent ex and it gave me a lot of strength. I felt empowered by the survival stories.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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