Consumer 101

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

According to this program’s pre-show open, they’re “on a mission to teach you how to be a smart consumer and get the most out of the products and services you use every day.”

At first blush, one might not think that sounds like must-see TV for teens—but a lively host, stylish graphics, and clever production choices place the content squarely in the wheelhouse of its intended teen audience.  Experts and researchers from the independent non-profit Consumer Reports close the deal by covering topics of intense interest to teens:  Caring for their digital devices; safety devices to keep teens safe when they’re driving a car; and managing data and privacy while still enjoying your favorite apps.

Wonder what you’d learn if you attended a teen driving safety school?  Consumer 101’s got you covered.  Fascinated by those electric scooters other kids are riding?  Consumer 101 helps you consider e-scooter features and benefits before a rush to purchase.  Even fruit consumption gets the Consumer 101 treatment in a segment that weighs serving sizes and health benefits. And those permissions apps request? This show explains which apps need what, and how to reset permissions previously granted.

Knowing how quick kids are to covet the latest tech, parents will rejoice in information that is as entertaining as it is practical; and educators may find segments to be useful resources in consumer and financial education classes.

As all kids discover eventually, “adulting” is hard.  Having some consumer savvy under your belt early on makes that task considerably easier.


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.