Parents' Guide to

I Survived...

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Harrowing true stories exploit instead of inspire.

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age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

dont do what these people did to get into their situations.

Good only so you can see how UTTERLY STUPID and BRAINLESS the average person is! Dont stop for five people harassing you if your car is still running. lock the doors. roll the windows up. HAVE A CELL PHONE!

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age 14+

Shows good

I love it for myself and my 13-year-old, but not for anyone under 13-14 if your child is mature and you feel comfortable explaining everything with some sexual crimes but overall it is a good show and it has a lot of violence witch is to be expected! I think it is inportant to expose your child to crimes that have happend to make them aware and if they are in this situation how to get out of it.

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While each story is one of survival, the series' focus is more on what each person painfully endured while trying to stay alive. Some survivors offer dreadful details about the massive wounds they received as the result of a bizarre accident, while others describe what it was like to avoid succumbing to sub-zero temperatures, shark-infested waters, or poisonous gas. But the most horrific accounts are definitely those of the crime victims, who calmly but emotionally describe how they were beaten, stabbed, shot, and/or taken hostage. While they describe these frightening moments, they also talk about how their families (and, sometimes, their religious beliefs) gave them the strength to fight for their lives.

Although each of these stories is dramatic its own right, I Survived... plays up the drama with eerie music as the survivors tell their tales. It also purposely interrupts the stories at particularly climatic moments, making the show seem like a collection of well-orchestrated cliffhangers rather than a description of terrible events. As a result, the show feels rather exploitative. It also fails to offer viewers any concrete advice about how to survive if confronted with a similar situation. Some adult viewers will undoubtedly be fascinated anyway, but the content is often too violent and/or too intense for young and more sensitive viewers.

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