A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that React to That shows kids and teens offering spontaneous responses to YouTube videos as they watch them. Nothing about that aspect of the series should worry parents, but it's always a good idea to follow up with reminders about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at him. As to the video clips, expect to see plenty of mishaps that look like they'd hurt and pranks designed to upset their victims, as well as some gross-out moments. There also are impressive stunts caught on film, necessitating the disclaimer against trying anything like them at home.
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What's the story?
In REACT TO THAT, kids and teens share their real-time reactions to an assortment of YouTube videos. Inspired by the Fine Brothers' YouTube channel KidsReact, React to That shows viewers by themselves or in small groups watching video clips on a computer screen and responding to what they see. With video content ranging from gross-out kid moments to amazing feats of strength and skill, there's no telling what participants will say in response. The show also incorporates various challenges for the participants, inspired by one or more of the clips.
Is it any good?
As much as watching YouTube videos is an entertaining way to while away some free time, watching other people watch them is decidedly less entertaining in this case. The show is billed as unscripted, but the kids' reactions often feel unnatural and exaggerated. What's more, it encourages the kids on-screen to laugh at the victims of pranks and painful mishaps, which could send some mixed messages to young viewers about if and when it's appropriate to laugh at someone's misfortune.
Arguably the show's best elements are the challenges inspired by one or more of the video clips. From testing the kids' knowledge of geography to tasking them with peeling a clementine on the first try, these sequences are more easily believed to be off the cuff, which makes them a lot more fun to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the YouTube videos they see. Were the people involved intending to do something funny? If not, is it OK to laugh at what happened? How might you react differently if you saw the same thing happen in person?
Kids: Do you find this show funny? Do the kids' reactions to the clips add anything to its overall entertainment value?
What kinds of uses do your kids have for the Internet? Do they ever watch video clips such as the ones on this show? What safety issues exist with sharing your own information online?