CartoonNetwork

Website review by
Amy Weaver, Common Sense Media
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Cartoon junkies have access to some iffy shows.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 53 reviews

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Some of the videos have cartoon-like violence.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

There's a store, but you have to be 18 to buy anything. Ads appear on the pages and before certain video clips.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this online companion to the popular cable channel is definitely commercial, it's not overbearingly so. There's a shopping section that'll probably tempt young kids, but users must be at least 18 to purchase goodies. There are also links to products for sale on many of the pages. Ads for other CN shows often precede the cartoon episodes which include some (Camp Lazlo and Codename: Kids Next Door) that -- due to violence, potty talk, and other bad behavior -- might not be so great for little ones.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBrandon S. February 28, 2018

I feel like it's toxic

Might be a little harsh. But being 23 I remember when this network actually had shows with lessons and the ratings on the shows were actually age appropriate. N... Continue reading
Adult Written byBlackbeard93p July 18, 2018

Great Cartoons

Adult swim is just for that, adults. I watch Cartoon Network 24/7. My problem is that during the day, they show commercials in the middle of all the programs. Y... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byColin M. April 27, 2018

Not for younger kids

A lot of the shows are cancer now and days like Teen Titans Go and Steven Universe and etc., Go back to shows like Codename Kids Next Door and other older shows
Teen, 17 years old Written byTheOldCartoon September 8, 2017

You Killed Cartoon Network

To be honest. I did miss Toonami, old shows, even Teen Titans. I was 7 years old watching Your amazing shows until you took out Cn City and all the old shows l... Continue reading

What's it about?

When most of us were kids, watching cartoons was primarily a Saturday morning affair. These days, kids can watch a nonstop parade and an enormous variety of cartoons 24/7, thanks in part to the round-the-clock Cartoon Network. And as if that's not enough, there's always the companion Web site CARTOONNETWORK.COM. Though the network squeezes in Looney Toons and other old favorites among the newer more sophisticated shows about kids with alien powers and Mexican wrestlers, the Web site focuses on current faves like Camp Lazlo, Ben 10, and the anime-inspired Naruto.

Is it any good?

Even with its topnotch graphics, this site probably won't hold your children captive like the TV version. The site is mostly games and some videos of popular shows -- entertaining enough, but not as hypnotic as watching the "real" thing. And considering that there are Nintendo versions of these games, the Web site isn't likely to satisfy.

However, the Clipbook activity (type in "clipbook" in the hidden search field at the bottom of the home page or find it in the games section) allows kids to create their own animation and submit it for review. It's a fun exercise and checking out others' stuff is pretty addictive. Who knows -- this might just be what inspires your budding cartoonist to get a job creating the next Simpsons.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about if things seem as real in cartoons as they do in movies or TV shows. Does a fight between two cartoon characters have the same impact as a fight in a movie with "human" characters? Families can also talk about why cartoons are so appealing and how they're different from regular movies and TV shows. How are cartoons made? Families can try their hands at creating animation on the site for fun.

Website details

  • Genre: Fan Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: February 28, 2021

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