Jaroo

Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Ad-supported video site provides wholesome if mindless fun.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Parents can feel pretty good about the messages kids get here. For instance, Strawberry Shortcake promotes acceptance, Paddington Bear sets good examples for preschoolers, brave Madeline is “small but inside she’s big.”  There are plenty of empty viewing calories as well, but overall kids see lots of positive, socially responsible behavior being modeled.

Violence & Scariness

Minimal carnage, although the Tex Avery cartoons have shootouts, and random violence crops up in some of the other adventure cartoons. For instance, a bad guy is dropped screaming into a pit of carnivorous plants.

Sexy Stuff

Squeaky clean unless you count the busty bikini-clad girls of Beverly Hills Teens, the vintage cartoon about  over-privileged kids.

Language
Consumerism

There are only a couple of advertisers, and the ads are for Happy Meal tie-ins and kid-friendly movies. But the movie trailers that play before every video are long, loud and annoying.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fledgling video site for kids is good innocent fun. Kids don’t have to pay a subscription or share any private info, just navigate annoying commercials in order to enjoy a nice variety of cartoons and live-action TV shows spanning the last 20 years or so.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written bydvanosdol February 5, 2010

TOO MANY ADS

Too much advertising!
Kid, 12 years old February 29, 2012

what the heck

who wants to see a girl in a bikni unless ur a teen (vomits)feel much better sick website
Kid, 9 years old June 30, 2010

too many ads

everything here is appropiate for an average of about 7 year olds. the ads are frequent too.

Is it any good?

This new video site from Toronto-based Cookie Jar Entertainment offers safe, wholesome cartoons and  kids’ TV shows, mostly from the ‘80s and ‘90s.  So far the lineup is thin but the site is still in beta and the variety is good, ranging from old stop-action Paddington Bear episodes to quality live action drama such as Emily of New Moon. Jaroo might lack CartoonNetwork's breadth, but it’s more suitable for all ages.

Online interaction: Kids have no way to interact, only the option to rate cartoon episodes and email friends with links to their favorite videos. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • The movie trailers on Jaroo are persistent and unavoidable. Read our tips on helping your children deal with advertising aimed at kids.

  • What were parents’ favorite cartoons growing up? What did they like about the characters and what did they learn?

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