Parents' Guide to

Sofia the First

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Spunky, well-rounded princess celebrates individuality.

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

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age 4+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 7+

Not appropriate for young kids

I love the idea of a princess show for kids that actually brings in other princesses. It is very hard to find princess shows or movies for kiddos under six. I personally feel Sophia does encourage bad behavior. Not only is amber usually always mean, they tend to treat those *below* them as If they do not hold value compared to them. I do feel yes eventually they go over what happened and usually apologize but I still feel it relays the wrong message. Not only that, but why do Disney shows for kids always have to have a villain? Seriously. When kids are young and at an age under 7 before they can consciously understand that big picture and how to reason etc. They are very monkey see monkey do. And they need to be encouraged with positivity. Meaning the shows they watch should have that and that only.. I still have yet to find a disney show that has just that.. a few nick Jr shows do. But they sometimes still have the bad guy (Like mayor humdinger in paw patrol why?? Or lady marmalady in buttrbeans) it's not necessary. And teaching kids to be cruel to others is not right at that age. They need to make a princess show where they are consistently kind and promote positivity ( look at daniel tiger for example!- it takes lessons but encourages positivity) I just wouldn't recommend this to younger kids.
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age 2+

Negative messaging followed by positive is not good for children.

My 3 year old daughter wanted to watch this show and I have watched the first few episodes with her. So far in the first 3 episodes or so, this is what the show teaches us: - You will be judged for being different, changing yourself to fit in is good. - Boys and girls cannot participate in the same activities. - We should be afraid of others who look different and have different customs. Of course by the end of the episode we learn the opposite of these lessons, but child psychology research shows that negative lessons are the ones that stick. So the kids are learning that they will be judged, they can't do things others can do, and it is not okay to be different. Super disappointed in the show. It has cute moments, but watching it I could tell it was made over 10 years ago. Children are becoming more tolerant and accepting than ever, shows like this do not belong in 2020.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (90):

This engaging series does everything right with a talented voice cast (including guests like Eric Stonestreet, Bonnie Hunt, and Jeffrey Tambor), lively original music, sharp writing, and crisp animation that brings to life darling Sofia and a well-rounded supporting cast. The stories are inspired by coming-of-age woes young kids will understand like trying to fit in with new friends, and the messages about self image, perseverance, and compassion won't miss their mark with your younger kids.

Sofia the First improves on its popular feature-length predecessor, presenting viewers with a more complete heroine in its precocious young star who gracefully balances royal expectations with her efforts to bring her own individuality to the princess role. In so doing, she teaches her friends and kids at home about the joys of overcoming new challenges and inspires the belief that if you're true to yourself and embrace your individuality, then there's no limit to what you can do.

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