A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Walter 100% is series of 5-minute shows which feature nonverbal actions set to music and sound effects (pantomime). It contains a lot of slapstick with laugh tracks with a character, Walter, whose sole focus is to help the environment. While some of his actions should be modeled (reduce, reuse, recycle), other actions should not be (hitting someone in the face, breaking an entering in order to turn of their lights). For young children, it'll be hard to see a character that they should model at times and other times not model.
What's the story?
Is it any good?
This live-action, slapstick comedy show has interesting story segments that feature environmental awareness themes. This message is important, of course, yet it feels misplaced in this genre, which is typically used for entertainment and comedy, making Walter 100% a bit hard to get excited about. The mixed messages of caring about the environment versus Walter's sometimes inappropriate behavior are tricky for younger kids to figure out, and they're the target audience here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the positive things that Walter does versus the negative things in Walter 100%. They can also discuss how easy or difficult it was for them to determine what people were “saying” through their nonverbal behavior.
Kids: What kinds of things does Walter do? What drives Walter to do the things he does? Sometimes Walter does negative things when trying to do something positive, like breaking into someone’s house so that he can turn off the lights to save electricity. Is it okay to do that? When is it okay and when is it not okay?
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