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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Green science docuseries is informative but dry.

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Positive Messages

The series takes a close look at the ways that people in different fields are working to keep the planet green.

Violence & Scariness

Occasional discussions and images of events like major forest fires, flood-ravaged communities, and people being rescued from rushing waters. The number of people who died in these disasters is sometimes noted. Scientists sometimes set fires and explosions as part of their experiments.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that overall, this environmentally themed educational docuseries is pretty mild. But some viewers might be sensitive to occasional footage of natural disasters like forest fires and floods (including people being rescued), especially when the number of lives lost is noted. Some scientific experiments also require things to be blown up. While the content is age-appropriate for tweens and up, unless your kids are interested in science, they might find some of the lengthy scientific explanations a little dry.

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What's the story?

Each episode of ECO-TECH looks at scientific research and technological innovations designed to protect the environment and keep the Earth green. It offers informative explanations of the science-based ways people are trying to protect the planet -- including studying ways to combat weather-related disasters and finding new ways of recycling waste. Other episodes look at efforts to find alternative power sources and ways to build green.

Is it any good?

The series attempts to enlighten viewers about the various ways that scientists and engineers are working to help preserve the planet. And while it's definitely informative, the detailed scientific explanations can be a little overwhelming -- not to mention a little bit tedious.

For those reasons, the show may not fit tweens' idea of entertainment unless they're already interested in science and/or green issues. But Eco-Tech can certainly be used as a starting point for conversations about global warming, recycling, and other environment-related issues. It also offers the chance to see how different people trained in various fields can use their expertise as environmentalists.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the topics discussed on the show. How much does global warming impact climate change? What technologies are being used to help the environment? Do you think we'll be using alternative fuels to power things in the future? Families can also discuss the growing trend to "go green" and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Do you think TV shows like this will encourage more people to take environmental issues seriously? How can the media send messages about helping the planet without boring, overwhelming, or frightening viewers?

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