My Life as a Teenage Robot
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that violence plays a big part in this cartoon about a female teen robot. Sensitive viewers may feel overwhelmed by the pressure that Jenny feels to fit in -- as well as to conquer -- throughout the show.
What's the story?
Heralded as a success when it hit the airwaves in 2003, MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT presents itself as a fun escape for young sci-fi fans. But the fantasy dissolves into violence very quickly; moreover, Jenny's enemies enjoy ridiculing her. In one episode, a girl in her class calls her an "absolute freak," while the entire group laughs at her expense. To Jenny, defeating enemy space bikers from outer space is a breeze when compared to the threat of never fitting in with her peers.
Is it any good?
The show's language can be a bit iffy, as when Jenny threatens a bully with "Come face an army of me, you jerk." Jenny's mother/creator is not a nurturing sort either and will say things like, "As a parent it is my right to destroy your happiness."
Parents should watch out for Jenny's poor decisions in the face of humiliation and should be aware of the presence of heavy peer pressure. Though it looks cool and has an upbeat energy, the show can be a bit of a drag. Some kids may enjoy it for the mindless entertainment it intends to be, but know that there are much better uses of a free half-hour.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between science fiction pressures to save the world and those that preteens feel every day. What happens if you don't fit in? Is it the end of the world?
Do you think Jenny is a positive role model? Why or why not?