Swap TV

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Teens' journeys in each other's shoes are fun for families.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Throughout the show, pop-ups offer information about the places and activities the teens experience. In a segment about belly dancing, for instance, viewers learn about the history of the dance and the different accessories used in it.

Positive Messages

The series demonstrates how rewarding a process it can be to expose yourself to new places and to meet new people. The teens take on new challenges with little hesitation and gain a new respect for hobbies and jobs they previously took for granted.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The participants are open to new ideas and experiences and often discover new interests they otherwise might not have tried.   

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun series underscores the rewards of stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a new perspective on life, and as such is a great choice for kids and parents to enjoy together. The teens are open to new ideas and willing to try new things, and often they discover skills and interests they didn’t know they had. There are some opportunities for learning, as well, since the show includes trivia about the activities the teens do.

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Adult Written byMel632 February 4, 2012

Swap TV good show

I like it because it gives kids a chance to see what it is like to do other things and learn a lot about stuff. I wonder if they will have episodes about bullyi... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In SWAP TV, Canadian teens trade lives for a weekend to experience new places, meet new people, and try new hobbies. The participants live with each other’s families and take part in their regular activities, and each must complete a challenge given to them by their swapping partner. From flying to cooking, farming to competitive sports, these teens will never look at life quite the same way after walking it in someone else’s shoes.

Is it any good?

This series reminds viewers of the benefits of looking at the world from a different perspective, which is ripe with positive messages for kids. Often the participants show some apprehension about their ability to complete the tasks set out for them, but their willingness to try always translates into the satisfaction of success. Similarly, experiencing a different way of life gives them a greater sense of respect for the diversity around them.

Kids will like watching the teens try new things and might take an interest in some of the hobbies they see in the show, which gives families a good reason to get out and try new things, see new places, and meet new people together.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the teens’ experiences on the show. What challenges did the participants face when they swapped lives? What do you think would be the biggest hurdle for you? What feelings do you experience when you’re put in an unfamiliar situation? How do you cope? 

  • Kids: What aspects of your life are your favorites? Which would you like to change if you had the chance? If you could spend a weekend in another place, where would it be? What do you think you might learn from the experience? 

  • What messages does this show have for its audience? Do you think it’s trying to teach you something? If so, what? Does it inspire you to try new things?

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