What is the School of Laughter?
Encouraging your children to laugh is a lasting gift from you to them. You can’t really train someone to laugh, but you can expose them to humour from an early age – and it will benefit them for the rest of their lives. That’s why DStv has launched the School of Laughter, where the best content to spark kids’ laughter can be found.
Don’t just take our word for it – research has shown that laughter has beneficial effects on kids’ development. According to Louis Franzini, PhD, author of “Kids Who Laugh: How to Develop Your Child’s Sense of Humor”, laughter plays an important role in developing self-esteem, learning to problem-solve and honing social skills. It also helps children to make sense of their world and develops empathy with others. By triggering endorphins and suppressing epinephrine (the stress hormone), laughter also reduces stress and pain, helping to build a happy, healthy child. Laughter is also said to balance the two sides of the brain, which boosts creativity and the growing of intelligence.
What to Watch
Thanks to the School of Laughter, you’ll be able to select those shows that you feel will benefit your child the most in terms of their development. Here are some examples:
Vampirina weekdays on Disney Junior (309) at 17:30
This animated show revolves around a little vampire girl trying to find her footing in the real world. There are some great lessons to be learned about friendship, tolerance and overcoming your fears.
The Voice Kids on Sundays on ITV CHOICE (123) at 18:00
Children between the ages of 7 and 14 take to the stage to show off their singing skills. It’s all about bravery, confidence and showing off your talent.
The sequel to the original movie is every bit as endearing, and the likeable little bear will teach your kids that finding the good in yourself as well as other people will always save the day.
Milo Murphy's Law S2 on Monday 24 June on Disney XD (304) at 17:00
Thirteen-year-old Milo Murphy is always prepared for anything that comes his way, even though he’s descended from the original Murphy, who decreed the law on things going wrong. With his knowledge, friends and rosy outlook on life, Milo can solve any problem.
Gudrun: The Viking Princess S1 on Monday 3 June on CBeebies (306) at 14:40
She’ll be Queen of the Northern Lands someday, so Gudrun: The Viking Princess has much to learn about the Wild Way of the Vikings. Follow her to distant lands, discover new landscapes and meet incredible creatures like a gyrfalcon, a wild pony, a raven, an otter, and even a wolf.
Enchantimals on Monday 24 June at 09:45
These delightful half-animal, half-human creatures live in an incredible world where fun takes centre stage – but there are also sometimes issues that need to be resolved.
Ducktales daily on Disney XD at 17:25
The three little ducks living with their great uncle Scrooge McDuck are constantly on the go, seeking new adventures – but when they get into trouble, they need to find a way to save their tail feathers.
Mr Magoo weekdays on Boomerang (302) at 18:05
In Mr Magoo’s imperfect universe, nothing is ever as it seems. There is always chaos – and it’s up to Mr Magoo to sort things out.
Big Hero 6: The Series weekdays on Disney XD at 16:20
Tech-genius Hiro Himada has a special relationship with his robot Baymax. Together with his other friends, they must protect his city from an array of different villains.
Supa Strikas S6 on Monday 17 June on Cartoon Network (301) at 15:30
If there’s one thing sport promotes, it’s teamwork, and the Supa Strikas are all about bonding over a common goal. The homegrown cartoon will see the world’s greatest football team spring into action once again to prove their prowess.
Coco on Monday 24 June at 12:30 and Friday 28 June at 12:27 on M-Net Moves Smile (105)
When young musician Miguel sets out to prove his talent and search for his great-great grandfather, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead. There, he connects with Hector, and the two go on a fantastic and beautifully animated journey together in this charming movie.
101 Dalmation Street weekdays on Disney Channel (303) at 14:20
Delilah and Doug are the descendants of Perdita and Pongo from the original movie. Their aim is to teach their 99 dalmatian pups everything they need to know about life – and friendship plays an important role.
Show Dogs on Saturday 22 June on M-Net (101) at 15:30
Will Arnett and Ludacris form an unlikely partnership in this canine buddy-cop adventure that sees a detective and a police dog go undercover at a dog show to take down an animal-smuggling ring.
Cousins for Life weekdays on Nickelodeon (305) at 15:45
While cousins Ivy and Stuart don’t always get along, they have come to realise that when they work together, things just work out better. They may be related, but they are also best friends.
Thomas & Friends on Tuesdays on eToonz (311) at 14:30
Thomas the Tank Engine sets off with his friends on a different adventure in each episode – but there’s always a lesson to be learned.
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide weekdays on Nickelodeon (306) at 13:00
No one makes it out of high school unscathed, but Ned Bigby is here to help all high schoolers navigate the world of young adulthood.
Yakka Dee starts Monday 24 June on CBeebies (306) at 11:00
This cute series encourages children to talk by focusing on one word per episode in a rhythmical and humorous way.