Teen Nick

Common Sense Media says

Good site for teens to watch and discuss fave Nick shows.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Television shows send positive messages to teens. Themes of family relationships, friendships, peer pressure, and bullying are covered. Those who don't make the best decisions experience realistic repercussions. 

Violence

Some shows include serious themes that involve domestic violence, date rape, and school shootings. These episodes are handled with maturity and display serious consequences of actions. 

Sex

There are a few shows that include episodes where teens talk openly about sex. There are consequences for sexual activity that leads to themes of teen pregnancy and STDs. 

Language

Inappropriate language is mild, but includes phrases like "shut up" and "you suck." 

Consumerism

Commercials and banner ads encourage kids to buy anything from cereal to beauty products. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some characters experiment with drugs and drink alcohol, but again this occurs with consequences. 

Privacy & safety

Teens can create public profiles similar to Facebook. This allows them to "follow" or "friend" other teens and join in on chatrooms. Although chatrooms are well-managed to ensure constructive conversation, those with profiles can send and receive messages, to and from strangers. Teens can also sign up using their Facebook profile if they have one.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TeenNick is a site where teens can create their own personal profiles, as well as chat and send messages to their peers. The site’s main objective is for kids to have access to their favorite television shows, but for some, social networking will be top priority. Once a profile is created, users can choose whether or not they want their pages to be public or private. They may also upload photos, videos and links to outside sources. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing
  • discussion

Math

  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • dance
  • rhythm
  • choreography

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness
  • empathy

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • respect for others
  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • movement

What Kids Can Learn

Teen Nick wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing
  • discussion

Math

  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding

Arts

  • dance
  • rhythm
  • choreography

Hobbies

  • fashion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • self-awareness
  • empathy

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • respect for others
  • embracing differences

Tech Skills

  • social media

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills
  • movement

Teen Nick wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Karen Wirsing

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What's it about?

TeenNick is a site that offers teens an opportunity to watch their favorite and most popular television shows, ranging from Degrassi to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Full House. Along with fun shows, the site also offers quirky games, quizzes, a blog, message board, and social networking space. Puzzle and scavenger games challenge kids to strategize and memorize, while quizzes question love, music, and pop-culture.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TeenNick is a fun site where kids can make friends, watch popular television shows, and play games. While it's important to communicate with teens about Internet safety and appropriate online behavior, the website does a good job of maintaining a positive play space for teens. Participants are not allowed to use hate speech, flare, discuss topics related to sex or violence, or share personally identifiable information.

Message boards -- those centered around specific shows are the most popular -- give teens a place to connect and discuss and stretch their communication skills. There's even a "Talk to the Chairman" board where kids can post suggestions on how to make Teen Nick better. If a post is removed, teens can check their profile to find out why it was taken down.

 

 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about some of the mature themes covered in the television shows. Discuss teen pregnancy, bullying, and the consequences of drug use.

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  • Families can also talk about Internet safety and the risk of chatting with strangers online.

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old August 17, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Not that cool

I am 12 and 3/4 and I think all the shows on this website are kinda babyish. Thats just me but my 7 year old sisters love it!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byButlorkitty05 January 3, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

13

perfect for 13 and up
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 4, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Just fine

Channel for teens.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns

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