A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the ADULT SWIM Web site is chock full of sex and violence. The online counterpart to the Adult Swim network promotes its shows with articles, clips, and full episodes; many of the shows feature extreme violence and sexually suggestive content, and so do the online features. There are also plenty of simplistic games that are equally risqué. Many of the shows, and the Web features, are animated, which gives the creators liberty to indulge in over-the-top gore and cartoon sexual antics; they may think the impact is muted because there are no live actors, but many of the images are too much for young viewers.
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Is it any good?
Adult Swim, the network, focuses on edgy, satirical, sometimes experimental shows that feature extreme violence, casual sexism and highly suggestive material. But it’s all done with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, so hey, it’s OK -- it’s making fun of sadism and chauvinism, not promoting it, right? Adult Swim, the Web site, follows the same pattern, with clips, articles, games, and other features that promote its shows.
Some of the shows are quite funny while some are appealing only to a niche audience, but all of them are aimed, as the name says, at adults. The Web site includes the same mix of content, which can often be hit-or-miss, but whether it strikes home or not, it’s certainly not for young people.
Online interaction: Mostly limited to bulletin boards.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about animated violence. Do you think cartoon violence is OK for kids? Does it seem less extreme if it doesn’t involve real people? Do these online clips sometime feature violence that’s more extreme than live-action horror films?
Do you think sexual images are less risqué when they are animated? Do you think the sites promotes sexism? How does it objectify women?