What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site allows users to customize a broad selection of unique e-cards to send to friends. But while much of the offerings are fun, a lot of the
content includes political satire, raunchy humor, and racy gags best suited for adults and older teens. With supervision, little kids can have fun personalizing some of the tamer videos.
What's it about?
JIBJAB was created by two Brooklyn-based brothers whose animated political piece featuring George Bush and Al Gore
rapping became a viral Internet hit. The Web site allows users to view and share humorous
videos, e-cards (they call them Sendables), and photos. JibJab's level of customization makes it different
from other card sites. Simply add your family members' faces (even your pet's!) to a video or card, and the site
instantly renders your pics into an animated piece. The
finished product provides a lot of laughs and can be shared easily via email.
Is it any good?
Plug your family's faces
into the disco or hula dance video, and there's fun to be had many times over at JibJab. But there's also quite a bit of questionable content
interspersed with the family-friendly videos, cards, and images. More than 170
comedians, writers, artists, musicians, and performers have created over 1,200
titles in the JibJab library, and their
creations run the gamut -- from snarky and silly to
rude and crude. There are even some violent animated videos that come with a
cautionary statement about their gratuitous violence.
JibJab can provide a
good deal of entertainment and some truly original sendable creations. The "starring you" videos are especially
fun, and younger children will get a kick out of seeing their faces animated in
such a way. But parents may want to keep an eye on exactly which videos and
cards their older children are interacting with. Hallmark it ain't.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the creative process. What are some of the differences between starting a project from scratch and using a site such as this one that gives you some raw materials to start with? Also talk about digital media creation.