Games for Kids That Allow Them to Socialize from a Distance

For many kids today, video games are more than just games. They're virtual playgrounds in which to meet up, chat, and hang out with friends from a distance. While COVID-19 has made it necessary for kids to practice social distancing, the games on this list have made it possible for them to continue to socialize with friends even if they can't see each other in person. As with all online multiplayer games, there are some risks involved if kids can chat with strangers. For younger kids, you may want to consider parental controls or playing alongside them. But if handled safely, these games offer tons of creative ways to keep in touch. In addition to gaming, kids are also watching concerts in Fortnite, selling turnips in Animal Crossing, and hosting birthday parties in Roblox. There have even been graduation ceremonies in Minecraft. For more fun ways for kids to socialize from afar, try these Watch-Together Apps and Websites.

Browse Games for Kids That Allow Them to Socialize from a Distance

 
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Game Poster Image
The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
 
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics Game Poster Image
Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
Continue reading Watch review
MapleStory 2 Game Poster Image
Tons of fun, free role-playing in redesigned adventure.
Platforms: Windows
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Super Mario Party Game Poster Image
Brand-new party filled with fun and laughs for all.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading Watch review
Team Sonic Racing Game Poster Image
Team-focused kart racer promotes friendly social play.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Madden NFL 20 Game Poster Image
Superstars stand out in focused, dynamic on-field play.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Runbow Game Poster Image
Colorfully chaotic party game expanded with bonus content.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Forza Horizon 4 Game Poster Image
Engaging racer burns rubber with challenging opponents.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Just Dance 2020 Game Poster Image
Great for dancing, socializing -- but some mature lyrics.
Platforms: Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Minecraft Dungeons Game Poster Image
Simple dungeon crawler with lots of fighting and teamwork.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
NBA 2K20 Game Poster Image
Basketball sim gets new content, but tech issues limit fun.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
NHL 20 Game Poster Image
Excellent hockey game takes to ice with vast improvements.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Game Poster Image
Cartoon shooter is loaded with fast-paced, bloodless combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Roblox Website Poster Image
Game creator can nurture skills; games, chat may be violent.
URL: http://www.roblox.com
(2012)
Continue reading
Star Trek: Bridge Crew Game Poster Image
Authentic starship simulation in VR promotes teamwork.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Streets of Rage 4 Game Poster Image
Arcade brawler packs fun with its furious cartoon punches.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
The Jackbox Party Pack 4 Game Poster Image
Hilarious, at times confusing party pack can thrill players.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Game Poster Image
Odd, wacky party game features user-generated content.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
The Jackbox Party Pack 6 Game Poster Image
Party game promotes social play but has some mature themes.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Destiny 2: Forsaken Game Poster Image
New content for sci-fi shooter adds more co-op activity.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Disintegration Game Poster Image
Hybrid shooter starts off slow, builds impressive gameplay.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
Firewall Zero Hour Game Poster Image
Engaging, immersive VR tactical shooter with bloody combat.
Platforms: PlayStation VR
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Fortnite Game Poster Image
Battle it out or use strategy in fantastic action game.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading Watch review
Paladins: Champions of the Realm Game Poster Image
Colorful multiplayer arena offers frenetic team fun.
Platforms: Windows
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
Sea of Thieves Game Poster Image
Pirate sim promotes teamwork but has unmonitored chat.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 Game Poster Image
Party game compilation a great time despite tech issues.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Werewolves Within Game Poster Image
Social VR game hinges on unmoderated interaction, deception.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading
Words With Friends 2 App Poster Image
Sneaky fun way to boost vocab, spelling skills.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Apex Legends Game Poster Image
Epic battle royale game is more realistic than Fortnite.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading Watch review
The Crew 2 Game Poster Image
Unique cross-country road race by air, sea, and land.
Platforms: Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading Watch review
Draw Something App Poster Image
Pictionary-like app addictively fun; beware random matches.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2012)
(2012)
Continue reading
Houseparty - Group Video Chat App Poster Image
Virtual video hangouts have potential pitfalls.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading Watch review
Overwatch Game Poster Image
Fantastic, frantic shooter with some violence, open chat.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading Watch review
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Game Poster Image
Frantic, mature action is fun despite content issues.
Platforms: Windows
(2017)
(2017)
Continue reading
Valorant Game Poster Image
Fast-paced shooter packs fun, repetition into online play.
Platforms: Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading
EVE: Valkyrie Game Poster Image
Epic sci-fi shooter slowly draws out progress among stars.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
(2016)
(2016)
Continue reading
Monster Hunter: World Game Poster Image
Fresh take on epic battle between man and beast.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
Continue reading Watch review
Hunt: Showdown Game Poster Image
Play hunter & hunted in violent, bloody survival horror.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading
Predator: Hunting Grounds Game Poster Image
Bloody online-only combat shines when playing alien hunter.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
(2020)
(2020)
Continue reading Watch review
Remnant: From the Ashes Game Poster Image
Challenging, bloody shooter promotes teamwork vs. monsters.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2019)
(2019)
Continue reading