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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Web site is a promotion site for the Cartoon Network's national fitness tour known as Get Animated. Besides listing all the tour dates and info surrounding the stops, the site also features a few educational videos and games that relate to sports, nutrition, and health. All the features use Cartoon Network characters. You'll find Bloo and Mac from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends give a musical lesson on nutrition labels, and Ben from Ben10 playing a virtual game of b-ball. Although there isn't a whole lot of content on the site, it will probably gets kids' attention as it is being heavily promoted on Cartoon Network .
Is it any good?
Maybe it's Cartoon Network's way of encouraging kids to log off the computer, because their fitness Web site GET ANIMATED does little to keep visitors entertained online. With a measly one game and three videos, the site comes up short on the goal of getting kids pumped to get in shape. The videos that are available are witty, engaging and fun, employing Cartoon Network characters to get healthy lessons out there. But it's just not enough. Even the promotion of the national Get Animated tour is paltry and doesn't give any details on what visitors can expect from the regional events.
Online interaction: The site promotes the Get Animated Tour and encourages kids to attend its rallies scheduled nationwide.
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