Parents' Guide to

Rocket Power

By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Kids rule the boardwalks and beaches.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+

Great

Teaches kids to go out and try new things. They learn lessons and what to do and what not to do in some situations. Each episode is a great learning tool for boys and girls

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

Pause to consider

There is nothing with the series that is really pausing, in that I mean, there is no smoking, swearing, violence, etc. However, I think it does provide a poor message to younger children and should be saved for what I would call that "mid" range. The poor message is the family dynamic. When I was a kid, we were allowed to go disappear all day and not check in until dinner, but that isn't the same world today. Also we could be trusted, and the Rocket kids cannot. They are always disobeying rules, sometimes to dangerous results; and there are very few repercussions when they do. They lie frequently and are constantly trying to skirt around their single father's authority in a way that is not just normal rebellion. The father seems more interested in preserving his youth and trying to compete with kids that he does very little actual parenting, seeming surprised when his children lie or break every rule he lays, as if it has happened for the first time. He also seems more wrapped up in his own interests to notice when he is actually missing the times when his kids need him (Such as, when he becomes in a woman that comes to town and completely ignores his daughter, while she grows increasingly upset, feeling she has been forgotten. It is actually the woman who just entered the situation that notices the problem.) Even though it tries to promote an anti-bullying message, the main characters frequently bully their nerdy friend, while the older kids bully them. Once again, there are no repercussions. If it were my children, I would just pass this one up entirely. There are many other series with positive messages and the same action and humor that would be a much better use of your kids' time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Although the playful animation of Rocket Power shows kids accomplishing extreme feats that few real children of the same age could perform, for the most part the sports activity is depicted safely. The kids wear safety gear, surf with an adult, and skateboard on a backyard ramp and in a local skatepark. Of course, boarding down the armrail outside the local library or staging a neighborhood street luge isn't unheard of.

Like the characters on Rugrats, the Rocket Power kids inhabit their own world and sometimes appear unsupervised. But helping the kids through life lessons are Tito (Ray Bumatai), who embodies the wisdom of the ancient Hawaiians, and Ray Rocket (John Kassir), a surfer dude through and through but a conscientious dad as well. A Jamaican teacher/skate park owner also guides the kids.

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