What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?