A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Children are shown learning how to act independently. They learn things like task completion, responsibility, problem solving, overcoming fear, and communicating with others, all of which young viewers can learn by watching.
The importance of building a sense of confidence in children, and the role of parents and the overall community has in this are themes.
Positive Role Models
Parents are gentle but firm about what the children must do and the rules they must follow. People in the community are patient and offer assistance when they see a child struggle. The children do their best to complete the task, but sometimes take a little time to settle into it.
Violence & Scariness
Western audiences may find watching young kids walking a mile from home, crossing busy roads, and navigating crowded open-air markets alone a little harrowing.
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Products & Purchases
Occasionally local brands are visible, but not in a commercial context.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Japanese series Old Enough is an unscripted series (available subtitled in English) featuring very young children venturing out on their first errand without their parents' supervision. The overall series highlights the importance of helping children gaining self-confidence and independence, while stressing the role the overall community has in this endeavor. There's nothing to be worried about here, but it might be worth discussing what the family rules are for going out without parental supervision.
Is It Any Good?
The sweet unscripted series, which is wildly popular in Japan, features very young children gaining a sense of confidence after successfully completing their first parent-free mission. Each adventure requires them to communicate with others, overcome their fears, and problem solve when things go wrong. As the children go about completing their tasks, the host's humorous banter, along with canned laughter and cheering, celebrates each part of the journey, But despite the obvious pre-production planning and camera crews on the scene, Western audiences may find watching young kids walking a mile from home, crossing busy roads, and navigating crowded open-air markets alone a little harrowing. However, Old Enough is also meant to underscore the role the Japanese community plays in bringing up their children, which is evidenced by the way local adults watch out for them while reinforcing their need to learn how to be independent. It's a lighthearted, family friendly series, but one that contains very positive messages.
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