Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

The HALO Effect

The HALO Effect

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

"HALO" stands for helping and leading others and Nickelodeon's half-hour documentary-style program The Halo Effect celebrates teens who do just that. It's hosted and narrated by former Nick actress Sydney Park and each episode features a different teen who was recognized at Nickelodeon's annual HALO Awards special. Any teen - or adult, for that matter - who longs to do some helping and leading, too, can find plenty of inspiration from these impressive teens.

One of those teens is 16-year-old Jessica Collins of Kentucky. She started a charity called A Place To Sleep when she was in fifth grade, providing beds and bedding to kids in need. This story documents her efforts to raise funds and provide beds for the final 20 families on her waiting list. Jessica explains what motivated her to start the charity and she introduces the family members and friends who supported her. Then it's time to prep the location, deal with the final details of her fundraiser, promote the event, and lead volunteers, some of whom are kids who were on the receiving end of Jessica's charity efforts in past years. Despite bad weather, the fundraiser does indeed provide the money for Jessica to buy supplies and the final acts of the program follow her as she delivers them to the families in need. The program concludes with host Sydney Park gathering volunteers to surprise Jessica with a sizable donation to her charity. Jessica then offers a heartfelt reminder that one person can change the world and that it feels great to make a difference.

Other episodes feature similarly sincere teens who support everything from conservation efforts to computer science camps for middle-school girls to cheering up patients in local hospitals. These uplifting stories are produced with ample video, interesting graphics, and affecting interviews to tell a complete and compelling story that leaves the audience with a true sense of the teen and what motivates each one to work so hard on behalf of others. Each episode also concludes with the featured teen issuing a "HALO Effect Challenge" for viewers to get involved, too.

Parents would do well to make The HALO Effect

regular viewing in their households and teachers could find a place for it in the classroom, too.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2017 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 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

Look for this product at:

Share This