A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids are encouraged to say words aloud and are age-appropriately shown what each word means, often through rhyme and repetition.
Learning is both fun and important; kids learn and speak in different ways.
Positive Role Models
Dee and the kids on the show are racially diverse and kids with disabilities are also well-represented. Learning difficulties are also subtly addressed as some kids are more reluctant to say the words than others.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yakka Dee is a show that helps young kids learn and and say words. It has a simple premise: animated Dee chooses a word, and each 5-minute episode revolves around exploring that word, including seeing a diverse group of kids saying the word aloud. This sweet series is great for kids who are just learning to speak and put together words and images (though it might feel a little repetitive to grown-ups watching along).
Is It Any Good?
This deceptively simple series might seem silly to older kids or some parents, but it's an excellent learning tool, especially for kids who might have difficulty verbalizing or processing words. Dee is enthusiastic and the adorable, diverse group of real-life kids are fun to watch as they say the episode's word in their own voices. Using rhyme and repetition, Yakka Dee makes it very clear what each word means and how it can be used. The show also subtly shows kids that every voice is valid and that it's okay to need a little extra help sometimes.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.