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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that TheSplat.com features Nickelodeon shows that are kid-friendly, tame fare. Kids won't come across racy content, and they can't comment on other users' posts or easily talk to people they don't know on the site. Parents should also know that the site has a strong social media tie-in, which frequently asks users to view content on its social media pages or share content on theirs. Show merchandise is also promoted on TheSplat.com's social media pages.
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What's it about?
THESPLAT.COM is a companion site to Nickelodeon's TV programming block of the same name, which features classic '90s Nick shows such as Kenan & Kel, Rugrats, and Clarissa Explains It All. The site centers on posting highlights from social media conversations about Nick's vintage shows, along with show clips. The site also features a few interactive elements, such as a game and trivia quiz based on Nick shows, and kids can view a schedule of when shows will air.
Is it any good?
Pre-millennium Nickelodeon show fans should love this social media-centric site, which features teasers, clips, and posts from other show aficionados. It's a great place to gather and share your love for classic Nick programming, ranging from Rugrats to Hey Dude. But aside from a game and a quiz, there really isn't much more to TheSplat.com. Kids won't find educational aids, activities, or much reading material. There isn't even much information about what the site is about. The site is fairly new, so more content may be added later; it would help flesh the site out a bit to make it a more well-rounded experience. But though kids may not currently walk away from TheSplat.com with a ton of new skills or learning experiences, parents can feel OK with the fact that they aren't seeing anything inappropriate -- and the site may actually help cut down on kids' screen time, since they're watching clips instead of full episodes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how much time you should watch TV, even if the shows are educational. How much TV does your kid currently watch? Talk about setting daily or weekly time limits.
What other things can you do, besides zoning out in front of your TV or computer? Brainstorm some educational or outdoors ideas to keep kids busy.
TheSplat.com has a presence on several social media sites. What kinds of issues should kids watch out for? Discuss whom you should interact with online (people you know) and whom you shouldn't (strangers).
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