Best Empathy Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids

No one will deny that screens have completely changed the ways that kids and teens interact, but the question of whether they make them more or less empathic is somewhat up for debate. Luckily, we've found that high-quality media can help kids build empathy. After all, aren't most games about putting yourself in the player's shoes to overcome obstacles? These awesome digital tools help teach kids to think about how other people feel and to emphasize the value of human relationships -- even from behind a screen. And for more games that build character, try our Games That Support Kindness and Compassion.

Browse Best Empathy Games, Apps, and Websites for Kids

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings App Poster Image
Express feelings in safe, healthy ways with Daniel's lead.
Devices: iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Model Me Going Places 2 App Poster Image
Narrated photos prepare kids for social situations.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2012)
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Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out App Poster Image
Sweet friends teach acceptance and helping others.
Devices: iPhone, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Sharing with Duckie Deck App Poster Image
Inventive mini-games show why it's fun to share.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Toca Pet Doctor App Poster Image
Kids cure and feed animals in cute, empathy-promoting app.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2014)
(2014)
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Wee You-Things App Poster Image
Colorful, interactive book lets kids celebrate diversity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Avokiddo Emotions App Poster Image
Hilarious and creative way for little ones to see emotions.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2013)
(2015)
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Doc McStuffins Pet Vet App Poster Image
Fix animal ouchies, play mini-games, meet great role models.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Four little corners - An interactive storybook app about friendship App Poster Image
Simple story about geometric shapes encourages inclusion.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2014)
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LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Pet Pals 2: Best of Friends! Game Poster Image
Learn tricks, make friends, and shop with a virtual puppy.
Platforms: LeapFrog games
(2011)
(2011)
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Lucy & Pogo App Poster Image
Sweet story teaches inclusion with charming art, activities.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Game Poster Image
Engaging and funny interactive adventures are pure joy.
Platforms: Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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SesameStreet.org Website Poster Image
Brought to you by the letter "F" -- for fun.
URL: http://www.sesamestreet.org
(2008)
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Touch and Learn - Emotions App Poster Image
Free app builds emotional awareness; best with adult input.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2012)
(2012)
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Cool School: Where Peace Rules Game Poster Image
Charming game models conflict resolution for young kids.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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Social Adventures App Poster Image
Powerful, engaging tool can help boost kids' social skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2013)
(2013)
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Inside Out: Storybook Deluxe App Poster Image
Rich, emotion-focused ebook and games based on movie.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2015)
(2015)
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Lego Friends Game Poster Image
Girl-focused Lego game filled with fun, safe activities.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
(2013)
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My DPS App Poster Image
Fantastic app teaches emotions, coping strategies for kids.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2012)
(2012)
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One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World App Poster Image
Stories, beautiful photos help kids build global awareness.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2017)
(2017)
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A Bird Story Game Poster Image
Short but emotionally powerful story told without words.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Chuchel Game Poster Image
Madcap puzzle game delights as much as it challenges.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2018)
(2018)
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Daisy Chain App Poster Image
Strong role models transform bullies in lovely story.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2015)
(2015)
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Herotopia Game Poster Image
Online world where kids become heroes by combating bullying.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Imagine: Zookeeper Game Poster Image
Simple, accessible, and fun animal care for young girls.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
(2009)
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PBS KIDS Website Poster Image
Loads of super-educational games and activities.
URL: http://pbskids.org/
(2007)
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PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue App Poster Image
Get animals ready for adoption in fun sim, but set limits.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
(2016)
(2016)
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Gravity Ghost Game Poster Image
Beautiful puzzler explores life, death, and relationships.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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The Daring Game for Girls Game Poster Image
Great girl-power messages, lots of variety and fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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The Social Express II App Poster Image
Engaging animated lessons help kids learn key social skills.
Devices: iPad
(2015)
(2017)
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Unravel Game Poster Image
Poetic platformer with themes of family, friends, aging.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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World Rescue App Poster Image
Serious global issues covered in nine mini-games.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Child of Light Game Poster Image
Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Doki-Doki Universe Game Poster Image
Learn what it means to be human in quirky adventure game.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
(2013)
(2013)
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Last Day of June Game Poster Image
Painterly adventure game explores love, loss, sacrifice.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Mission US: Flight to Freedom Game Poster Image
Riveting sim where your choices decide fate of teen slave.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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New Moon Girls Online Website Poster Image
Dynamo site for girls has priorities right.
URL: http://www.newmoon.com/
(2008)
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Spirits of Spring App Poster Image
Subtle message, stellar design teach empathy through play.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2014)
(2014)
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Stacking Game Poster Image
Brilliant, thoughtful puzzler has a little violence.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
(2011)
(2011)
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Sym Game Poster Image
Sym
Clever puzzler addresses social anxiety disorder.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Thomas Was Alone Game Poster Image
Fun platformer with a lovely story about friendship.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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The Unfinished Swan Game Poster Image
Innovative and poetic game with an uplifting life message.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2012)
(2012)
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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are App Poster Image
Graphic novel teaches kids to feel good about themselves.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
(2011)
(2011)
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Papo & Yo Game Poster Image
Dramatic and affecting puzzler about alcoholism and abuse.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, PlayStation 3, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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ReThink - Stop Cyberbullying App Poster Image
Prevention-focused add-on stops cyberbullying at its source.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2015)
(2015)
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Curating Change Website Poster Image
Stories of strong women highlight positive role models.
URL: http://exhibitions.globalfundforwomen.org/curating-change-2014
(2013)
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Quandary Game Poster Image
Decision-making sim shows that choices have shades of gray.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2012)
(2012)
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Stop Disasters! Game Poster Image
Natural disasters become less scary in sim games.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2007)
(2007)
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Broken Age Game Poster Image
Witty story with memorable characters and good message.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Game Poster Image
Emotional puzzler has great role models, some dark moments.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
(2013)
(2013)
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Finding Home - A Refugee's Journey App Poster Image
Incredible interactive story shows teen refugee experience.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
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Half the Sky Movement: The Game Game Poster Image
Empowering sim explores women's issues and activism.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
(2013)
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Never Alone: Ki Edition Game Poster Image
Violent, beautiful Native tale with young, strong heroine.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Scenarios USA Website Poster Image
Short films made by teens, for teens tackle social issues.
URL: http://www.scenariosusa.org
(2012)
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Sit With Us App Poster Image
Teen-created app promotes empathy, community.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2016)
(2016)
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Teen Ink Website Poster Image
Creative, supportive forum for teens to share their work.
URL: http://www.teenink.com
(2009)
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Valiant Hearts: The Great War Game Poster Image
An educational, emotional exploration of World War I.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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Mulaka Game Poster Image
Artistic adventure based on a rich cultural mythology.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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This War of Mine Game Poster Image
Violent, bleak survival game has new look at horrors of war.
Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2014)
(2014)
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1979 Revolution: Black Friday Game Poster Image
Tense, captivating, violent, personal recreation of history.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Gone Home Game Poster Image
Terrific narrative game tackles tough teen identity issues.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2013)
(2013)
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DoSomething.org Website Poster Image
Not-for-profit site encourages and supports youth action.
URL: http://dosomething.org
(2012)
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That Dragon, Cancer Game Poster Image
Profoundly moving tale of parents and terminally ill son.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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