By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Irish kids learn teamwork while they explore island home.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn facts about the natural world through songs and experiments they can try at home, plus social-emotional skills like teamwork.
When you explore the world around you, you can learn valuable lessons. Teamwork helps people solve problems.
Positive Role Models
The kid characters are kind and help out animal friends in need, while adult role models (including a robot) are supportive.
This Irish series features mostly White kids, but several characters of color do join them. Brigid is a Black girl who appears in several episodes; East Asian and other Black characters also show up in supporting roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence: Birds crash into each other, and a character is slapped by a fish's tail. Mild peril when a character falls from a steep waterfall.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rocka-Bye Island is an Irish animated series about a group of schoolkids who go on educational adventures on the island. Supervised by teacher Mr. O'Dear (Morgan C. Jones), the students -- including Sean (Milo Houlden), Roisin (Annabel Jordan), and Brigid (Daisy Riordan) -- meet local animals, explore the island, and learn how to work together and solve problems. The show isn't explicitly about Irish culture but does feature pleasant traditional Irish music, and all the kids have Irish accents in the original version. Although there are characters of color, including a Black girl who appears in several episodes, most of the kids are White and/or light-skinned. Each episode contains a learning segment about animals and the world, like "Which of these birds can fly?" There's comedy and cartoonish violence, including pratfalls, but no one is hurt.
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What's the Story?
ROCKA-BYE ISLAND is an Irish animated series about a group of schoolkids and their gentle adventures. Supervised by teacher Mr. O'Dear (Morgan C. Jones), the students -- including Sean (Milo Houlden), Roisin (Annabel Jordan), and Brigid (Daisy Riordan) -- meet local animals, explore the island, and learn how to work together and solve problems. For example, Sean loses his kite and needs help from a bird friend to reach it. But the friend is recovering from a wing injury, so the kids in turn give him some help in his recovery. Each episode includes a learning segment about animals and the world, as well as simple experiments and games children can try at home.
Is It Any Good?
With its traditional Irish music and lovely painted backgrounds, this pleasant preschool series is a solid pick for kid viewers. Reminiscent of another mellow Irish preschool show, Puffin Rock, the show's slow tempo and gentle characters will be just the right speed for some families. Rocka-Bye Island features comedy and pratfalls, as well as cartoonish scary moments, but no one is hurt. Kids will like exploring the natural world on Rocka-Bye Island, and it may inspire them to take a deeper look at their own surroundings.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about solving problems. How do you solve a problem by yourself? Is it sometimes easier through teamwork with another person or group? Who do you usually go to for help?
How do the kids on Rocka-Bye Island explore their surroundings? Do you ever look around and explore your own world? For example, are you on an island or in a city? What kinds of plants and animals are there?
Think about how things work: How do birds fly, or how do boats float despite their weight? What do you wish you knew more about? Where can you find answers and learn more?
- Premiere date: January 1, 2014
- Network: Kids Street
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Character Strengths: Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: February 26, 2023
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