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 You Gotta See This! is a collection of funny web clips in the style of America's Funniest Home Videos. Many of the videos show people falling victim to unfortunate accidents that probably cause them some harm, which raises concerns over the idea of laughing at someone else's misfortune. This Nickelodeon series makes good use of some of the channel's brightest young stars both as hosts of the show and as intermittent guests, so there's some cross-advertising to be aware of as well.
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What's the story?
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! is a compilation of funny web videos narrated by How to Rock stars Chris O'Neal and Noah Crawford. From unusual animal tricks to hidden-camera baby capers, there's something to tickle just about every viewer's funny bone in this unpredictable series. The show also devotes time to celebrity interviews with the likes of One Direction and behind-the-scenes tours with cast members from Nickelodeon shows like iCarly.
Is it any good?
Pranks, bloopers, kid mishaps, and lots and lots of spills make for funny television, but it's not without its social hazards. Sure, many kids are mature enough to distinguish between laughing at someone's misfortune on a TV screen and having the same reaction to an accident they see in person, but then again, plenty won't understand that very important difference.
You Gotta See This! is craftily designed to entice kids with its familiar hosts and celebrity guests, so keeping yours away from it entirely might not be an option. Just be sure that if they do watch, you talk to them about whether and when it's appropriate to get pleasure at someone else's expense.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it feels like to be the center of attention. Have you ever been in a situation where people were laughing at you? Did it upset you? How should you respond if you see it happening to someone else?
Parents can use this opportunity to reiterate their rules about Internet use. What dangers exist in sharing too much information on the web? How can you keep yourself safe online?