A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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