Shreducation

Common Sense Media says

Tween-friendly reality show long on action, short on depth.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show makes the young snowboarders seem very human as they try to hit it big -- and makes it seem like such opportunities can be open to anyone who's willing to work hard and push themselves.

Positive role models

Team leader Jesse is a former pro snowboarder who's now coaching the young athletes. He was once a star and sometimes hints at some bad choices that led him astray, though few details are provided. He seems to be turning his life around by helping young people pursue their dreams -- though sometimes he acts just as childish as the rest of his team. Not surprisingly for a show about athletes, there's a fair amount of good-natured trash talking.

Violence

Some of the snowboarding stunts appear somewhat dangerous.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

“Shut up” is about as rough as it gets.

Consumerism

Plenty of gear is shown on creen, often with highly visible logos. As aspiring pro snowboarders, the young cast members often talk about the importance of landing sponsorship deals.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this kid-targeted reality series about a group of young (some are just 13) aspiring pro snowboarders is very tween friendly. There’s no swearing, drinking, sex, or other iffy behavior aside from a few potentially dangerous sports stunts and some good-natured trash talking among the teammates. Their abilities are extremely impressive (the bulk of each episode features them doing their thing on snowboards, skateboards, water skis, and anything else that gives them the chance to show off their jumps, spins, flips, and more), but the scenes that show them hanging out and just being kids also make them seem like real, relatable teens.

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What's the story?

Jesse Fulton, once an acclaimed snowboarder, hopes to give back to the sport by taking under his wing a group of very young -- and very talented -- snowboarders and showing them what it takes to make it as a professional. SHREDUCATION follows Jesse and the kids, who range in age from 13 to 16, as they travel the world, hitting some of the biggest tournaments and the most exciting slopes in the world. Not only does Jesse help them improve their skills, he makes it clear that an important part of his tutelage is learning to make wise choices as the teens embark on a career path that's littered with potential pitfalls.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As a reality series featuring teens and aimed at kids, Shreducation is, by definition, a bit limited. In other words, don’t expect any major drama between the participants, drunken misbehavior, or much romance. What it does have is lots and lots of action footage. These kids are truly amazing athletes, and the way they jump and spin and flip is exciting to watch.

The producers know this is the show's strength, and the bulk of each episode is simply footage of the gang in action. These sequences are much more entertaining than the interview portions, when Jesse and the team discuss everything from their long-term goals to the best part of their day. The kids are great on snowboards but not always especially articulate, and Jesse comes across as a man-child who often sees the youngsters as his playmates rather than his protégés. There’s plenty to watch on Shreducation, but not much worth listening to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about becoming a professional athlete. Do you have dreams of making a living in sports? Do you think this series offers an accurate representation of what that life is like? Or do you think certain elements might be glossed over to make the show more appropriate for kids?

  • Most reality programs star (and are aimed at) adults and feature plenty of interpersonal conflict. This show is all about -- and for -- kids. Do you think it would be appropriate for the producers to focus on similar types of conflict in that case? Would young viewers want to watch such a show?

TV details

Cast:Jesse Fulton
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:TV-Y7

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Teen, 14 years old Written byShreducation roxs November 26, 2009
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I love to watch shreducation every tuesday i would watch it and record it . This ia the best show on planet earth.
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Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 14 year old Written byshredder1234 September 18, 2009
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8
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Great program. Cant wait to see more!!
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