ICanHasCheezburger

Website review by
Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media
ICanHasCheezburger Website Poster Image
Silly photos spawn offbeat, welcoming community.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages
Violence
Sex

While the general content is clean, the site hides some photos in a "PG-13" section that you have to be searching for to find. The PG-13 stuff mostly has to do with masturbation.

Language
Consumerism

The site accepts ads from jewelry and fashion Web sites. Some of the ads are kind of tacky but the site does not appear to accept anything inappropriate.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the user-generated content on this
site is almost entirely tame -- and very silly. The site appeals to a particular niche that's hard to identify, but those who love their pets, have a silly sense of humor, are interested in digital photography, and enjoy the site's positive vibe seem to be its core community.

User Reviews

Adult Written bysmoothmoves97 May 12, 2010

Fun, but the links can lead to trouble

I Can Has Cheezburger is a really funny website. The sarcasm and cuteness mingle together in a... sarcute way? I don't know. A word of caution: FAILblog,... Continue reading
Adult Written byMsMossy October 20, 2010

BEWARE! One Click From Cute Cats to Violent, Raw Sexuality!

My daughter has enjoyed the funny cat pictures with captions and fail-blog (oops photos) of the cheezburger sites, but now I know they (there are a collection o... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 25, 2013

No..Just..no.

I was just scrolling down the website thinking haha this is great! Until i see a joke with some inappropriate contents and language afterwards i saw many more... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 4, 2012

Pretty cool site.

I remember making a few LOLcats on there... they were so cheesy, but some people liked them? Surprisingly, I haven't even seen any LOLcats on there with ba... Continue reading

What's it about?

Users take silly photos of their cats (which the site refers to as
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LOLcats), add captions with intentional misspellings, and submit them to the
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site. Started in January 2007 with a single silly cat photo,
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ICANHASCHEEZBURGER.COM has become something of a cultural phenomenon. The site receives several thousand submissions per day, of which 10 or so are posted,
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and it reported 1 billion page views in 2008. LOLcats even spawned a compilation book with the same name as the site. Most of the photos are of cats caught doing
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something catlike – hiding in a box, standing on hind legs, looking grimly at the
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camera – while the captions, along the lines of "I eated yr cookie," aptly capture the moment.

Is it any good?

The site's content is entirely user-generated and edited for
the best submissions -- so the quality and humor quotient varies. Mostly, it feels like one giant "in" joke that you slowly catch on to as you view
each successive photo. The feeling of the site is warm and lighthearted and
appreciative of others' efforts -- this isn't a place that tolerates mean-spirited comments.

Still, kids could encounter the rare inappropriate comment before it's flagged and mild sexual references could pop up occasionally if you hit the "random" button. Icanhascheezburger.com is the kind of thing you either like or don't -- and if
your kid is one who does, keep them on the main home page if they're under 12. Better yet, enjoy it with them and try and come up with silly captions for your own pets.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way an online community can develop around such a silly concept as cat pictures with misspelled captions. Why do you think this idea caught on? Can you define what you like about it? Do you think it's OK to misspell so many words for comic effect? What if you tried to do that on your homework? Younger kids: can you think of a caption for something your pet did? Older kids: can you think of another book borne from the Internet?

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

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