Degrassi: The Next Generation: set in Toronto, Ontario, and based on a 1980s show, high school students experience the realities of abuse, romance, homosexuality, sex, and addictions.
iCarly: Carly lives with her twenty-six year old brother, Spencer, and produces her own web casts (kid-generated scripts) from a studio in the attic of her home because she wants to be a good role model for kids and teens.
Wizards of Waverly Place: Wizards of Waverly Place follows Alex, Justin, and Max, just normal kids to everyone else, but are actually wizards in training. They use their powers to do most of their tasks. Even though they all train
and study, once they turn 18, only one of them will get to
keep their wizardly powers.
Sonny with a Chance: Sonny is a 15-year old who becomes a star after some producers in Hollywood find her internet film. This show watches the effects of her fame and fortune on her life.
JONAS:This show includes the three Jonas brothers and the crazy events that occur in their lives. This includes events like interactions with their fans and even double dates.
What do we do with this?
1. Pull illustrations from the shows that they are watching if an applicable one arises. Don’t know if it’s the right story to use or how to present it? Check out 5 Tips for Effective Stories.
2. Know what they are watching. Questions about right and wrong or what God would want you to do may arise, as these shows present some racy ideas that children will most likely struggle with in their minds. Watch these shows! They don’t have to be all you watch, or even the majority, but just a show or two a week will keep you current in what they are watching.
3. Know that kids are being influenced by these. Scary, I know, but for you to be completely relevant, we have to know what they are watching and learning and how that lines up with the Word of God. All of them are presenting more adult ideas to younger children, which is something that is pretty new to the entertainment scene. Kids are growing up faster than ever. Be ready.