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SpongeBob

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Retooled Web offerings for serious fans of the show.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Blockhead that he is, SpongeBob may not be universally considered to be a positive role model for kids, and a lot of the humor in the videos is pure slapstick. But overall, nothing seriously disturbing related to social behavior.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

No "official" swearing. Some verbal sparring, mild name calling and self-deprecating comments that many parents may not want their younger kids repeating.

Consumerism

Banner and video ads for everything from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, video games, pancake syrup and, of course, Nickelodeon. There's also a SpongeBob shop.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

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.

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 8 and 12 year old Written bynumberoneMAMMA October 18, 2009
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad November 25, 2012

Just like other "Kids" sites:

(see title). Full of games that persuade you to watch a potentially inappropriate TV show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 10 year old Written byshiningspirit18 March 31, 2011

perfect!!

I wanted to do 1 and up... It DOES certainly send a message. A message to have fun, and you can watch videos as well from the show, and spongebob is SO positive. I didn't let my kid watch it until 8 years old. What a mistake!! I guess i didn't want her acting annoying, but no worries. It's a positive show about don't let anything bring you down!!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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