Most kid’s television shows are designed to teach lessons. “Don’t bite your friends” was the lyrics to the hook of a catchy song on Yo Gabba Gabba, one popular kids television show. As children get older, they grow out of those shows that teach them how to play nicely, count to ten, follow patterns, and sing their ABCs. They begin watching shows on Disney XD, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network — “Nick Jr. and Disney Jr. shows are for little kids,” they may say to their friends and parents.
Most of the shows for older children are comedic in nature. They often involve similar patterns where a group of older kids or teens (either cartoon or real) live together, live in close proximity to one another, or spend every waking hour together. Some shows have a theme — maybe magic, superhero powers, theater, a super awesome website, martial arts, or some common interest the group of children all have that unites them.
Although these shows do teach some valuable lessons to children like friendship, honesty, loyalty, and determination, they also teach some not so valuable lessons. Particularly, in the areas of finances and money management.