iCarly

Common Sense Media says

Mostly harmless tween comedy site is spattered with ads.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Only non-personally identifiable information is collection for general site registration. Comments are moderated and videos are pre-approved before going live. For features like newsletters and contests, email addresses may be collected. Site complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Parents have to sign a form authorizing kids' videos to be featured on the site. Parental permission is not required for kids to post comments on the site. Parents can print out and fax a form to request information from Nickelodeon about any identifiable information on their child.

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 kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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.

What kids can learn

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Deborah Fields

Parents say

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written bysheilalavarez August 31, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

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 school and is ok because is fun! I do not think so! I think I Carly and friends are a very bad roll model for girl any age!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old March 24, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

icarly

I love icarly! It is a very cool show. I love the comedy. P.S I think Sam is a great role model. She ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 9 year old Written byponyvilly March 14, 2010
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

it is the best

i love it it is the best nick show there is .it will make your kids crack up
What other families should know
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