iCarly

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Mostly harmless tween comedy site is spattered with ads.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 63 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 302 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

This site wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning; though making a video for iCarly could involve some valuable media creation skills.

Positive Messages

The overall message encourages kids to be creative by making their own videos. It also encourages responsibility and good digital citizenship by requiring kids to get signed releases for all the people who appear in the videos, as well as parent permission to submit photos or videos. Also, promotes laughter and having fun, but also loyalty to a TV character.

Violence & Scariness

The game World of Warlords has a soldier in a castle throwing meat, fireballs, and blowing toxic gas at enemies. If hit, they fall backwards and lay flat on the ground. No blood. The game Dip Miss Briggs challenges players to "dip" a bobble head teacher into vats of cat vomit, used tissues, fish guts, and more in a given specific order.

Sexy Stuff

A few inclusions of shirtless male characters, like a game called "Gibby's Shirtless Showdown" with a big-bellied Gibby cartoon character. Carly's real-life photo on the blog holding up a laptop computer with a large, hot pink bra on the screen.

Language

Some mild slang (similar to what is said on the show). The content rating scale reads "suckish" vs. "rocks." One game is iKick Butt.

Consumerism

Animated, flashing, and talking ads for Nickelodeon shows, McDonalds, online games, and more. But the site warns you with a separate "bumper page" when you are about to enter a section with ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sister site to Nickelodeon's TV show iCarly is a safe and fun place for tweens to upload preapproved silly videos to be featured on the site and on the show. There's a lot of tween-age and younger fans posting on this site, and not all the content is appropriate for the youngest elementary ages (references to dating, bras, etc.). So if you have a younger iCarly fan, consider sitting down and viewing the site together first. Younger kids will also need a lot of help if they wish to upload videos. Kids are warned before entering areas with ads -- but there are still a lot of them. Kids can post moderated comments.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byponyvilly March 14, 2010

it is the best

i love it it is the best nick show there is .it will make your kids crack up
Adult Written bysheilalavarez August 31, 2010

Way too much bad stuff!!

Hate it! Why do they have to show kissing, boyfriend and girlfriend at so short age and the word stupid all the time! Also fighting and doing bad stuff in schoo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 21, 2014

yep

well some people think oh its so bad that they show bra's and dating but no someday your kid will wear a bra or date and it doesn't show bra's or... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMateo B February 15, 2017

What's it about?

Kids who are fans of the iCarly TV show can engage in lots of extra media about the show. They can play short video games, watch extra TV clips, read blog entries written by the characters, and watch (and even submit) videos made by other kids. It’s important to know this is a commercial site made by the TV network and is heavy on advertisements.

Is it any good?

iCARLY is good, silly tween fun, much like its ever-popular TV show.  If you can ignore the ads, the site is an occasional visit-worthy companion to the show that encourages positive audience participation. Some of the homemade fan videos go beyond silly into the not-worth-watching category, but others are really good and show what kids can create with an idea and a video camera (and a parent's written permission). The games are just silly, no educational value here. There are lots of ways for tweens to feel like they're interacting with the iCarly crew.  

Online interaction: Comments are moderated and seem generally positive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how ads are designed to get viewers' attention. Look through a few online ads together and note how they are labeled, if they are animated, and what tactics are used in order to get the user to click on them. Read our Selling to Kids Tips for more advice on navigating ads. 

  • If your kids are interested in filming themselves, take a look at our video on Creating With Digital Media.

  • Discuss why some of the games may be fun, but not necessarily in the best taste. Where does funny cross the line into gross or disrespectful for your family?

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