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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the kids in this action cartoon series travel to a parallel universe called Lyoko to battle digital monsters controlled by an evil computer. Fight scenes are limited to the kids' visits to Lyoko, but the computer creates super viruses that possess everyday objects and animals in the real world and make them do its bidding. Although the adult role models are easily outsmarted by the main characters, the upside is the respectful friendship that allows the kids to be confident and self-sufficient.
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What's the story?
CODE LYOKO is the story of four boarding school friends who, despite very different personalities, rely on each other as they muddle through the process of growing up. The new-age twist to this timeless tale is that the foursome alone knows of the existence of XANA, a villainous computer in a parallel world whose aim is to annihilate Earth. In a secret computer lab within their school, Jeremy, Ulrich, Odd, and Yumi battle XANA's efforts with help from Aelita, a digital resident of Lyoko. Genius Jeremy leads the foursome as the techie who can "virtualize" the others into Lyoko, where each has unique powers.
Is it any good?
Kids will like the battles in Lyoko -- each plays out much like a video game. The monsters' hits on the heroes deduct "life points" from them, and once they've run out, they are "devirtualized" back into the computer lab. Jeremy can also reverse time to maintain the secrecy of the foursome's efforts on Earth, but in doing so, he strengthens XANA's powers. Strategy and teamwork are themes throughout the series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of fighting an enemy that can subtly influence our lives. How can someone or something we can't see pose a threat to us?
Does the media and/or the Internet enable those who seek to do harm? How can you protect yourself from this kind of threat?
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