What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some of the widely varying content may not be suitable for small children, including images of animals being killed and catastrophic natural disasters. Programs can, however, be easily pre-screened by logging on to the show's Web site. Regular viewers will come away with a sense of the great diversity of the natural world and why it's important to protect it.
What's the story?
NATURE is one of PBS' longest-running series for good reason. Unlike other PBS science series, Nature focuses not on inventions or innovations but on the natural world itself, inviting viewers to travel all over the world with scientists and filmmakers. Subject areas including biology, geology, and meteorology are explored via beautifully filmed documentaries shot in locations most of us will never see. In presenting a comprehensive look at its subjects, Nature highlights the positive (animals' family and community life) but doesn't shy away from the ugly. Graphic images of animals being slaughtered can crop up.
Is it any good?
Nature covers an amazing variety of topics that are fascinating, beautiful, scary, and sometimes just downright cute. While most episodes have some sort of message, it's never heavy-handed and it's always interesting, usually reinforcing the need for conservation. If you're looking for a series to enjoy along with your children, Nature is waiting for you ... and you don't need cable (or an airline ticket) to see it. But because of its occasionally graphic realism, parents may want to pre-screen episodes to make sure they're appropriate for their kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about a wide variety of issues. Countless dinnertime conversations are all but guaranteed. For example, one episode featured the life of a rare albino gorilla and the need for conservation and protection of his species. Sample questions there could include: Why are gorillas endangered? How close is our connection to primates, and why does that matter? What does "conservation" mean? Broader questions include: Why should you care about global issues like loss of wildlife habitat, global warming, and pollution? What can you do in your own community to protect wildlife?