Under the Sea with Key

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Natascha Crandall, Common Sense Media
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Discover spectacular sea creatures with friendly host.

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Educational Value

Viewers will learn some interesting facts about animals that Key encounters and will see how people work to clean up the environment in order to help animals.


Positive Messages

Key has built a life around animals and nature and shows viewers how to care for the environment. She helps viewers understand how everyone plays a role in caring for other creatures and gives us insight into how these creatures function.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Key is a very positive role model. She respects others and her environment and shares her awe in the beauty around her throughout the show, in her blog and her photography.

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Sexy Stuff

While the consumerism is not overt, Key lists the types of cameras she uses in order to capture some amazing images of her world.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Under the Sea with Key is a live-action series that shows viewers how a young woman, Key, interacts with sea life in her home state of Hawaii. The beauty of Hawaii, both in and out of the water, is featured, and nature-loving kids will enjoy seeing how Key works to make a difference to all of the creatures around her. Key is also a photographer and shows viewers how she captures some amazing shots, thereby inspiring others to consider nature and do the same.

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What's the story?

UNDER THE SEA WITH KEY follows photographer and underwater explorer Key as she focuses her energies on the conservation of animals that exist in our world. This documentary uses a lighthearted approach as we are invited along with Key as she goes through her typical day. Not only do we see her make her favorite breakfast smoothie, but we also see her spend time with friends who, like her, are addicted to playing in the water. Regardless of who she's with, she always encounters some spectacular sea life and gives viewers a view into a world that they may never get to see in real life.

Is it any good?

This beautifully filmed series is a spectacular way to expose kids to the beauty that exists beneath the water's surface. Not only do we see amazing creatures, but we hear Key talk about her efforts in conservation and the importance of keeping the environment above and below sea level clean, as every type of pollution can negatively affect animals. Under the Sea with Key not only educates but inspires viewers to care for our planet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Under the Sea with Key unique from other nature documentary shows. How can things like netting end up in an animal's system? What can you do as a family to help your own environment?

  • Kids: What can you alone do to help your environment? What species did you see in the episode that you did not know existed? Would you ever want to go diving like Key to interact with sea life? What animal would you most want to encounter if you could?

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For kids who love nature

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