What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that at this site kids can watch full-length SpongeBob SquarePants episodes and mini clips, play games, learn about how the show is created, meet other fans, and shop all things Bikini Bottom.
What's it about?
Part of the Nickelodeon Web site family, SPONGEBOB.COM is jam-packed with everything and everyone from the popular show. There are lots of video clips, ads, stories about the show, blog posts and simple games, as well as a shop and links to other Nick sites. Nickelodeon does a decent job of not asking kids for too much information (date of birth, gender) and warning them not to post personal info. There's privacy settings on the user profile section of the site so that you can block others from viewing your profile information.
Is it any good?
If you're at all familiar with SpongeBob SquarePants, the creative silliness of this site's content won't be a surprise. Yet the games aren't likely to hold kids' attention for many return trips. If your child is a cartoon fanatic who wants to be a cartoonist or humor writer someday, reading the site's SpongeBob Crew Blog and reading the updates on the show's happenings may be educational. Overall, SpongeBob fans will love this site, non-fans likely won't get it.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between cartoon humor and real-life behavior (especially with younger fans). Why are SpongeBob characters so funny but if you did or said some of the same things they do, you might get into trouble or be perceived as annoying by friends? Talk about the over-the-top characters on this show and site, and why you can enjoy laughing at them without emulating them.