Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5 Reasons Kids Should Watch Kdramas

Hello friends and future friends!

I know I've been on a hiatus here and it will still be another couple of weeks before I'm back to posting regularly. I am literally  in the middle of the woods right now. Don't believe me? Here's a picture off of the front porch of the house where I'm staying right now. 

The WiFi out here although technically "high speed" is spotty and does not like to buffer my Kdamas well. It's the closest I've ever come to literal torture.  But it's nice to unplug for a little bit. Once I'm back in civilization you can expect my regular posts.  In the meantime I came into town for a couple hours and decided to share a quick post with all of you lovelies on reasons why it's a good idea to introduce children to Kdramas. Now as a disclaimer, I don't have children of my own, but I have lots of young cousins and children of friends that I spend a lot of time with. This post and tips are coming from my own experience I'm not saying watching Kdramas is a good alternative to playing outside or doing something that uses their imagination, but rather that it is a good alternative to watching cartoons or movies in English. As with everything, it's good to use judgment.  Not every Kdrama is going to be appropriate for children. Maybe you have children or are babysitting someone else's but here are some reasons to try watching a Kdrama with them.

1). It helps create interest in other cultures. 
Most children know little about any culture beside their own.  Teaching them at a young age about other cultures helps them to learn to be more inclusive of others who are different.  Kdramas show you that others may live differently than you, but that they're still people who have thoughts and feelings just like us. 

2). They help children to learn a new language.
Watching Kdramas makes learning a new language fun.  Even if they don't become fluid speakers, they will inevitably pick up on key Korean words that you never know when will come in handy. Also learning a new language is fantastic for cognitive development.

3). They are typically much more chaste than American television.
Granted, there are exceptions to this. It requires using your judgement as with anything else, but the fact that I am able to watch most Kdramas with my ultra-conservative pastor Grandpa without worrying about him being offended speaks volumes (I have done this by the way, and he loves them!).  It also teaches kids a healthier definition of love, that just because you feel attracted to someone doesn't mean that you have to jump into bed with them right away.

4) Kdramas instill strong morals and values.
First and foremost, Kdramas show you the importance of family and respecting your elders.  They also show the characters sacrificing for the ones they love, protecting the innocent, a strong work ethic, the importance of self-development, and so many more important values.

5) They will love them!
Okay, so I can't speak for every child ever, but out of the many children I've watched a Kdrama with, they've all loved them with the exception of my 10-year old cousin who found the crying in You're Beautiful a little ridiculous lol. I can't argue with him there, but still that's over a 90% approval rate in my own personal studies.

So there you have it. 5 great reasons to watch Kdramas with your kids. Now again, I'll go on the record right now and say it's much better to get a kid to read or play outside. But in moderation, Kdramas can be a great supplement to their lives. So maybe try it just once. Instead of watching Frozen for the 100th time, try watching Rooftop Prince or Flower Boys Next Door or some other light-hearted drama and see what they think.  That's all for now. Drama on, my friends! Talk to you soon!


  1. You should watch 'She Was Pretty'. It's Hilarious. It's still on air but I wish you could do an episode-to-episode analysis, like you did for 'The Time We Were Not in Love' and 'My Unfortunate Boyfriend'. I would love to read your episode reviews, especially your memes (They're unexpectedly amazing). If not consistent reviews, then, if possible, could you please do a drama diagnosis, after the TV series has ended? Please?

    1. I have been meaning to start "She Was Pretty" and I am a sucker for Si Won. Plus, I have needed a drama to start doing episode recaps on again so you've got it! I'll start it this week and have my first recap post published by week's end. Thanks for reading and thanks for the input!

  2. Do you have a list of dramas that you have found to be appropriate for kids? Would you mind sharing?

    1. I haven't created a list, but a few of the top ones that kids in my charge have enjoyed and which I can't recall having any inappropriate material were: To The Beautiful You, You're Beautiful, Heartstrings, and Flower Boy Next Door. You Are All Surrounded was another popular one with most, but there is a bit violence in that drama.

      DramaFever has a list of "family-friendly" Kdramas (I'll share the link below). Appropriateness is obviously going to vary by age and what you're comfortable with thematically. Typically, if the drama stars a Kpop idol, you can bank on it being pretty chaste and appropriate for all family members :)



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