CartoonNetwork

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Cartoon junkies have access to some iffy shows.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some of the videos have cartoon-like violence.

Sexy stuff
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Language
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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
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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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

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Parent Written byCooldee July 14, 2010

Cartoon Network needs better shows!

I love Cartoon Network, but it needs to get the crappy shows off the channel. This channel used to have good shows on, but about 4 years ago, it started to get boring fast! Bring back ''Ed, Edd, n Eddy''!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 8 and 12 year old Written bynumberoneMAMMA October 18, 2009

Not for 10 and under!

I do not like CToon network. My child has been rude to family members and friends lately by copying some of CT tv shows. I am restricting it from our tv!
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Too much swearing
Parent Written byParentOf5AmazingKids February 18, 2015

best shows but seriously toonami lineup is better.

Toonami has the best stuff I let my kids watch everything on toonami. Even the mature stuff!
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Great messages
Too much violence

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