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The series is more exploitative than informative, but it does focus on validation and supporting children. Many Christian rituals are shown. Coffey openly discusses his belief in God and angels. Most of the children and their families are Caucasian; one family is Native American.
Violence & Scariness
Includes discussions about people being murdered and their spirits "coming back" or wandering. In one episode, a child is haunted by a young boy who was killed by his mother. Kids share descriptions of violent acts that angry spirits and demons have performed against them.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series investigates alleged paranormal activity affecting children. Although the adults in the series express a real desire to help the kids, the show's eerie music and dark, shadowy scenes make it more exploitative than informative. The many conversations about ghosts, spirits, murder, and the occult may frighten young kids (and older viewers who are spooked by this sort of thing). The show includes footage of Christian rituals and prayer, often within the context of removing evil spirits. Mild language like "crap" is audible, while stronger language is fully bleeped out.
Is It Any Good?
The series centers on the sympathetic idea that kids who demonstrate psychic abilities often struggle to find acceptance in a society that doesn't understand what they're going through. The kids featured on the show often share feelings of isolation and frustration as a result of being unable to talk about their experiences with others, which may resonate with viewers who feel different for their own reasons. Their parents, many of whom have spent years trying to find a medical explanation for their kids' behavior, also fear the social backlash that can result if their child is associated with the paranormal.
But while Coffey and Miller seem genuinely committed to helping the kids and their families cope with what they're going through, the series seems to exploit the youngsters' alleged psychic abilities for the sake of entertainment. The endless use of eerie background music and the many dark, shadowy scenes and random images seem intended to spook, rather than really educate viewers on what these kids are experiencing. Some of the conversations with the kids also appear rehearsed, and scenes are often stopped at specific points to create suspense. As a result, the kids' stories become less believable. But for teens who like this sort of thing, it makes for OK viewing.
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