Parents' Guide to

A Year on Earth

By Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Reality special inspires kids to save the world.

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The going gets tough for the Year on Earth cast -- the work can be dirty and exhausting and the schedules grueling, there are personality conflicts within the group, and the teens are forced to grow up a bit and even do some unexpected soul-searching along the way. Jamie, the only female in the trio, is a bit more serious than the two boys and feels alienated from them at times. Arsen is stunned when he visits Africa and discovers that the natives won't readily accept him with open arms just because he's black. And Tyler is forced to rethink the goofy, offhand reporting style he uses in his documentary videos when the kids' mentor reveals his disappointment that the trio aren't taking their reporting tasks seriously enough.

But overall the show is riveting, to say the least; young viewers will learn some fascinating things about animals and nature and will no doubt be inspired by Jamie, Arsen, and Tyler's enthusiasm and passion for their work and excitement about their discoveries. Although the special is aimed specifically at tweens and teens, it's never too early to teach kids about being kind to their environment, and A Year on Earth is a great place to start.

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