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Me and My Robot

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tech-savvy teens problem-solve with ingeniuty in so-so show.

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Educational Value

The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see Eugene and his classmates use their expertise with technology to solve problems that arise in their lives, such as programming an overboard to take part in a competition. Some artificial intelligence robots also double as friends, including Eugene's pal, C.H.I.P., but the human characters' relationships remind viewers that nothing can replace true and loyal friends. Some female roles among STEM-savvy characters. Some bullying and general meanness from the class baddie, Wince.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Eugene values friendship and the positive relationships he has with his besties. His can-do attitude accounts for much of what he accomplishes related to technology, and he's surrounded by classmates who are pretty skilled themselves. Wince is argumentative, bossy, and generally self-involved, and he talks to his classmates in threatening tones. Some adults are cast as dim or easily scared.

 

Violence & Scariness

Accidents like falling and crashing into things are common in some stories. A character suffers electric shock in one episode but recovers quickly. A bullying teen's verbal threats sometimes involve physical context, as when he suggests he will beat up or otherwise injure a peer.

 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Me and My Robot is an animated series about high schoolers in a high-tech school who use technology to solve the problems they encounter. A main character acts as a bully, often setting pranks for and scheming against his classmates, and verbally threatening to get them in trouble or even suggesting he will physically harm them. The teens' ingenuity stands out in their problem-solving process, and they share ideas and support each other in ways that remind kids that artificial gadgets and robots can't replace the authenticity of human relationships.

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What's the story?

ME AND MY ROBOT is set in a technologically advanced high school and follows the misadventures of main characters Eugene and his self-created robot sidekick, C.H.I.P. Eugene is a tech wiz with a can-do attitude that helps him tackle just about any problem that comes up, from dealing with particularly difficult peers like Wince to building gadgets that can get him and his best friends, Joseph and Maia, out of a jam.

Is it any good?

This somewhat lackluster series misses the mark in many regards, but Eugene and his friends do demonstrate to kids the value of imagination and creative problem solving. When puzzles arise and create stumbling blocks for Eugene, C.H.I.P., and the others, they find inspiration in their own ideas and a great sense of accomplishment in creating their own solutions using what they know (and learn on the fly) about technology and programming.

Given that it's geared toward a younger crowd, Me and My Robot would have been better served by less contentious high school relationships, especially in the case of class bully Wince's chronic picking on his peers. Even with the STEM angle to the story and the teens' use of technology in their everyday lives, there's not much in the way of quality content for kids who watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role technology plays in their lives. How do our gadgets make our lives more convenient? Safer? More fun? What (if any) are the drawbacks to technology having such a dominant presence in our lives? How do you balance screen time with other hobbies?

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  • How does Eugene's relationship with C.H.I.P. compare to those he enjoys with his human friends? What character strengths like empathy and compassion can they show that a robot cannot? Why is it important to have these human emotions and persuasions in your life?

  • Kids: What STEM concepts intrigue you? Do you like to code? To build things? To invent? What problems do you see in your everyday life that could inspire a new invention or improve an existing one?

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