The HALO Effect

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Compassionate teens inspire by helping others in fab docu.

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age 18+
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Educational Value

Each episode raises awareness about a social issue that's dear to a teen's heart. The show doesn't deal in numbers or statistics, but the stories illustrate how individuals can make a huge difference in one aspect of these larger issues.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates teens who are making a positive difference in their communities through a variety of charitable works. Each episode spotlights a young activist's initiative to address issues such as poverty and environmental concerns, showing what inspired them to take action and what effect their efforts have had on beneficiaries and the communities as a whole. Many stories are emotional, and some may raise issues that are new to viewers, but all of them tug at the heartstrings and encourage compassion, empathy, and voluntarism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The activists are driven to succeed, not for themselves but for the people they help. They lead by example, being proactive in raising awareness for their respective causes and inspiring others to lend a hand.

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No direct appeals, but the highlighted causes get lots of visibility. In many cases, local businesses and individuals lend their support financially, and they are recognized for their generosity as well. Each episode ends with an appeal for viewers to visit the show's Web page to donate, get involved in these causes, or get inspired to start an initiative of their own.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The HALO Effect profiles teen activists whose initiatives to address poverty, bullying, and environmental issues have a positive impact on their communities. Each episode introduces viewers to a different teen and respective project, showing what inspired the effort, how fundraising is done, and what effect they've had so far. Every story ends with the teen making a direct appeal to viewers to make a difference in some way themselves, promoting Nickelodeon's HALO Effect website. Families with younger kids should be aware that the stories explore social issues such as poverty, homelessness, and bullying, so talk with your kids about how these and other issues affect their communities.

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Kid, 9 years old July 5, 2016

Helping and Leading Others

The title says "Helping and Leading Others" so, does that prove to you it's good for 3+. There is really nothing to say about this one, it says... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE HALO EFFECT is a docuseries that spotlights compassionate teens who are making a positive difference in their communities through charitable work. Hosted by Sydney Park and inspired by Nickelodeon's annual Halo Awards, the series features teen activists who recognize a need, take the initiative to fix it, and get those around them involved in the process. From helping military families to tackling bullying, these teens prove that Helping and Leading Others (HALO) is good for the soul as well as communities as a whole.

Is it any good?

The subjects of this enlightening docuseries will inspire and impress you, leaving you feeling just a little bit better about the world's fate in coming years. Such amazing teens are excellent role models for kids, and the scope of their causes really wows. As you watch their stories unfold and their relief efforts take shape, you may start to notice similar needs in your own community and feel compelled to get involved. These teens would be the first to tell you that this is the point of The HALO Effect; rather than seeking the limelight for themselves, they're driven by the desire to lead others to follow in their footsteps.

Family-friendly and spilling over with pro-social themes, The HALO Effect is uplifting, motivating family entertainment. Not only can it inspire viewers to get involved in community-building projects of their own, it also raises awareness of issues that might not be front and center where you live. If these concerns are new to young kids in particular, it's a good opportunity to talk about them and how they affect communities as a whole.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the social problems they see where they live. Are there organizations that coordinate help for the people affected? How effective is The HALO Effect? Could more be done?

  • Kids: How does helping others make you feel? What opportunities exist to help out? Is there a particular issue that's near and dear to your heart? How might you build on that need?

  • Why is it important to have good role models? Is it always good to follow someone else's lead? What is the benefit of blazing your own trail? Can you disagree with someone but still be inspired by him or her?

  • How does The HALO Effect promote compassion and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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