A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows potential, real consequences of posting online.
Positive Role Models
Posters often fail to take responsibility for what they write or say online.
Violence & Scariness
Threats, stalking, bullying, and the like. A rifle is visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexting, posting revealing photos; nudity blurred, blacked out.
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Bleeped, blurred curses.
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Products & Purchases
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Internet Ruined My Life is a documentary-style show featuring reenactments of true stories about people who've suffered because of something they or others have posted online. Social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit are discussed, and some of the posts include blurred nudity or bleeped profanity. Stalking, threats, cyberbullying, and other violent behaviors are discussed in context. Posts including nude photos are shown, but the private parts are blacked out or blurred. It's a good conversation starting point, but the overall show sends mixed messages about taking personal responsibility for what you post online.
Is It Any Good?
This reality show offers compelling but sensational stories about the various ways people's online activities can lead to very real and serious consequences. It underscores how quickly a post can go viral, and seemingly silly or harmless tweets, emails, texts, and memes can be misinterpreted and used against people online, in the world of public opinion, and even in a court of law. The willingness of people to use tweets, Facebook posts, and other social media content as justifications for, and ways of, engaging in inappropriate and illegal behaviors is also noted.
The accounts featured here are troubling, especially when it shows how some law enforcement agencies, political pundits, and entertainers perpetuate a culture that permits the victimization of people who post risky online content. However, it fails to acknowledge that while no one has the right to hurt and destroy -- or be hurt and destroyed -- as a result of a post, Internet users still must be mindful of what they're sharing (and how they're sharing it) in the digital world. Nonetheless, the overall series serves as a warning to everyone who's online.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.