Nick News with Linda Ellerbee

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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A must-see news program for teens and tweens.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 20 reviews

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Positive Messages

The show promotes the idea that being informed and discussing your opinions about world and cultural issues is valuable and important. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Linda Ellerbee promotes healthy discussion for kids about difficult issues. She's smart, fair, and respects the kids she speaks with. She encourages curiosity and empathy.


Discussion of activity related to wars, school shootings, celebrity murders.


Suggestions of sexual activities when discussing certain topics in the news, such as Monica Lewinsky.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is an award-winning news program for older school-aged kids and adolescents covers that tough issues like the Iraq wars, the aftermath of September 11, the Columbine tragedy, and Hurricane Katrina. Multiple perspectives are raised during host Linda Ellerbee's facilitated discussion. For younger or more-sensitive viewers, parents need to be prepared to discuss the issues, answer questions, and perhaps skip episodes that are too sad or difficult to understand.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byT J December 10, 2019
Adult Written byDavid K. April 29, 2018

Though I've NEVER seen this, I'm SURE Linda Ellerbee is GOOD!

Like some of our journalists out there, Linda "TELLS it LIKE it is"
The kids she'll REACH out to (I'm PRETTY sure) will "GET what she... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 23, 2014


Wow Nick, REALLY? NEWS?? On Nick? That makes no sense. Kids are NOT interested in the news. Everytime I watch Nick News, as a kid, it was even MORE boring than... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous December 29, 2013


Parents need to know that this is a powerful, enthralling program that allows real teens to discuss real life issues. DO NOT LISTEN TO ALL THE OTHER REVIEWERS.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Geared for teens and tweens interested in world events, NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE helps kids make sense of world events by presenting them in kid-friendly, understandable language. Host Linda Ellerbee tackles big topics like war in Iraq, AIDS, the O.J. Simpson trial, as well as other important issues that are very relatable to this age: bullying, divorce, learning and mental disorders, body image, and homelessness. Sitting cross-legged with a group of school-aged boys and girls of all races, Ellerbee presents an issue and then asks questions about how the kids would react in this situation. Then she'll present a different perspective and give the kids time to think about and change their responses. Nick News also features exposés on specific events, projects, or problems related to the theme of the episode, such as recycling and the environmental hazards of non-recyclable products.

Is it any good?

This series first came on the air in 1992 and has won Emmy, Peabody, and Columbia duPont awards and been endorsed by the National Education Association. There's no debate over the benefits of kids learning about politics and their world. The only words of caution to parents would be to watch out for very serious topics that might be inappropriate for younger viewers. Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is intended for teens and tweens who have the maturity to hear about difficult topics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the discussions raised by Nick News with Linda Ellerbee. Watching this show is no replacement for meaningful parent-child conversations about these hard topics. Questions will be raised that the show doesn't cover, and parents may need to ask kids questions to make sure they understand why these issues are important.

  • How does Nick News with Linda Ellerbee promote curiosity and empathy? Why are those important character strengths?

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