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Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Eerie reality show exploits more than it informs.

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Relatable

I believe most the stories. The one that predicts things in her dreams, I do that. I told a friend she was pregnant before she knew, I also told her it was a boy and would die with the number six. 6 months pregnant she lost him. I knew my mother had a heart attack before I got the call. I knew someone I knew was suicidal and made the call that saved them. Currently I am dealing with a spirit that messes with my child. She says he talks to her, I have seen only a female in the building. I feel him, and he isn't giving harmful vibes but he scares my child. I tell them often to leave my child alone and they do for a while. When she was 2 when we moved in she saw it. She couldn't say boy or girl just called it "that". Honestly, I am tired. Tired of feeling others pain, seeing the bad, hearing "them" talking, It started when I was 13 and almost died, 106 fever charted in my medical file, I should have died or at least been in a coma, neither happened. Now I'm stuck with this crap. My daughter and one son has the abilities as well. The spirit attached to me won't tell me its name so I named it. My son's spirit told me its name is Jax. My daughter still won't say a spirits name. Warning to anyone visiting, dont badmouth anyone in my home, stuff will fall. Happened twice. Watch and learn how to help your child. Believe them when they say stuff about it. Help them learn, don't be scared. Embrace it and know that when we die, we dont just stop being.
age 7+

The unforgotten

It is crazy I understand especially that I was born and raised in nyc . I really feel that human souls area great form of energy, however it’s also connected to this earth.. Through nature. Children would be more open to these anomalies then a grown man or women.. However does that make them less believable.In my exp children are 1000 times more trustworthy then a blinded adult . MAybe it’s time people really listen. P.s I see a lot of people down talking a.k.a eerie music and Hollywood theatrics .. When I believe it’s opposite.. IMagine these children fear not knowing what there dealing with , if they are crazy, and the cherry on the top not being believed at all. THat dramatics and music maybe exactly what’s needed to portray the fraction of fear these kids had to live with for gods knows how long

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (4 ):

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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