What is JibJab?
JibJab is a humor website that took off in 2004 when it made its famous "This Land is Your Land" parody during the 2004 presidential election. The clip features puppet-like, bobble-head type depictions of John Kerry and George W. Bush insulting one another.
The site allows you to make talking bobble-head creations of your own by uploading your own photos. You are taken through a step-by-step photo cropping process so that only your face is selected. Your face can then be subbed in for the face of a bobble head character and you can watch yourself take part in various political parodies, TV shows, and more. You can also create "sendables"—humorous personalized clips and cards that can be sent to family and friends.
You can create a free JibJab account, which gives you limited access to the features or the site, or you can pay $12.00 per year for access to everything on JibJab, including the ability to save clips and sendables you make on the site.
Concerns for Parents
- There is some inappropriate language and sexual humor on the site. Many of the clips you can insert your face into contain material that isn't ok for kids and teens.
- There are also non-interactive clips that you can simply watch—most are political parodies. Some of these contain shockingly explicit sexual references and images.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
- If you're going to use JibJab, play with the interactive section of the site as a family after you've previewed the clip you are inserting yourself into.
Where Can I Learn More?
Read this interview with JibJab CEO and co-founder Gregg Spiridellis.
Here's another page with interviews and background information about the site.