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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Webheads is a game show designed around popular viral videos. Contestants are challenged to make predictions and recall details from several online video clips in each episode, and some of the games incorporate physical tests. The show cautions viewers to not replicate what they see people do in the clips, which often result in accidents that are painful for them but intended to be funny for those watching. Kids who see the humor in the videos may be inclined to see what other videos are trending online, so it's important to remind them about your rules for screen time and Internet usage.
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What's the story?
WEBHEADS is a kids' game show in which contestants compete by predicting and recalling details from trending Internet videos. Each episode begins with four players who earn points in games such as "Buffering" and "Moment of Impact," with the lowest scorer eliminated after each round. The last player standing races the clock in a final challenge for a chance to win a grand prize and the right to be doused in (what else?) green slime.
Is it any good?
Hosted by Big Time Rush's Carlos PenaVega, Webheads puts a fresh spin on the common home-video show by imbedding it into a game show format, with each round using video clips in a new type of challenge. In some, contestants have to guess what mishap will befall the people on-screen; in others, they answer questions about what they've just seen The result is decent entertainment that kids are bound to find at least mildly amusing.
There isn't much in the way of content to concern parents, but the fact that this clips show (as with every other clips show) encourages players and viewers to laugh at people's accidents and injuries is something to consider. What's more, if your kids get a chuckle out of these viral videos, they may seek more of them in the not-so-friendly confines of the Web, so it's always good to talk about safety on the Internet.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at him. Why do people share videos of themselves getting hurt or doing something embarrassing? Does the fact that they shared them make it OK to laugh? If you saw some of these things happen in person, would you laugh then?
What, if any, privacy exists on the Internet? Are there any limits to who can access the things you say in text messages or on social media sites? Why is it important to follow your family's rules about being online?
In what ways does the Internet help us learn new things? Is there anything you can't learn in the virtual world? Check out some of these great websites for activities with an educational angle.
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