BarelyPolitical

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Slim content, adult humor=grounds for impeachment.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

Many of the videos feature suggestive humor (the size of John McCain's testicles or grinding on strangers for comedic effect, for example) and/or women in revealing outfits.

Language

Videos contain words like "ass," and although the chat function has a filter to block out foul language, users can swear in comments posted about the site's videos.

Consumerism

The site has ads for GoDaddy.com and other sites owned by Next New Networks, which publishes BarelyPolitical.com. The site's online store also sells politically themed T-shirts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Very few references are on the site, but the online store does offer a T-shirt that says "subject to beer pressure."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the site's zany videos have a political bent (most make fun of politicians or politics) and are funny, but they aren't for younger kids. Some are sexually suggestive and some have current event references that will go over the heads of many young teens. The terms of use says the site has "no obligation to monitor the use of the site," and, accordingly, its content varies in what's appropriate. A filter screens out swear words in the chat (although plenty get through from users adding a letter or using creative spelling), but there's no filter for posting comments about the site's videos. And, it's easy to access any of the site's content; no need to register to for live chat or to see any video, but you have to provide your name and email to post comments.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 17 year old Written bySystemOfANintendo December 7, 2010

Barely Political makes loud LOL's for mature teens.

I love Barely Political's videos. They're Key Of Awesome videos are hilarious parodies. You will also find Mario, Mr T, Kanye interrupting Taylor, and... Continue reading
Adult Written byDark_Dollie May 18, 2012

Meant to be entertaining but I still manage to glean enough info to google the real subject .. sparks my latent political interest :P

there is nothing wrong with my post, no foul language or sexual intent .. nothing of the like, yet you are saying I can't use "that language" ..... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2012

IDK :(

well i mean i've seen it with my older sister and we got my parents permission but some of the content is....very....iffy. it's ok. i guess

What's it about?

There's nothing barely political about BARELYPOLITICAL.COM -- pretty much all of the site's content involves politically themed videos. With zany political songs, fake presidential candidate commercials, and "shows" (which include interviews, more parody ads, and more songs) -- the site's geared toward political and news junkies, especially ones who are a fan of Obama Girl, the star of a recent viral video of the same name. She's all over the site

Is it any good?

The site's content is fun, but there isn't too much to look at -- it's all videos (even the blog is just videos with a few lines of text), and there aren't all that many. New videos are only posted once a day or less, several videos are repeated in different sections. The videos aren't informative; they're meant to make you laugh, and much of that humor is too grown-up for younger viewers. For example, the spoof about a series of Girls Gone Wild-type videos involving Hillary Clinton is funny, but Girls Gone Wild isn't meant for kids, and that joke isn't either. Some bad language is also here: In one video, a cartoon turtle sings about "Congress sitting on their rich asses." Getting kids excited about politics is a great idea, but unfortunately, that's just not BarelyPolitical.com's goal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between sites that give information or report on the news and sites that have parodies and humor based on the news. Which is a better source of information? What are the benefits and disadvantages of each?

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