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.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

age 7+

The island life is idyllic in this latest adventure sim.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

age 8+

Collection of classics promotes friendly social experiences.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2020)
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Minecraft

age 8+

Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.

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MapleStory 2

age 8+

Tons of fun, free role-playing in redesigned adventure.

Platforms: Windows (2018)
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Super Mario Party

age 8+

Brand-new party filled with fun and laughs for all.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2018)
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Team Sonic Racing

age 8+

Team-focused kart racer promotes friendly social play.

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Madden NFL 20

age 9+

Superstars stand out in focused, dynamic on-field play.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2019)
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Runbow

age 9+

Colorfully chaotic party game expanded with bonus content.

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Forza Horizon 4

age 10+

Engaging racer burns rubber with challenging opponents.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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Just Dance 2020

age 10+

Great for dancing, socializing -- but some mature lyrics.

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Minecraft Dungeons

age 10+

Simple dungeon crawler with lots of fighting and teamwork.

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NBA 2K20

age 10+

Basketball sim gets new content, but tech issues limit fun.

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NHL 20

age 10+

Excellent hockey game takes to ice with vast improvements.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One (2019)
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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition

age 10+

Cartoon shooter is loaded with fast-paced, bloodless combat.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew

age 10+

Authentic starship simulation in VR promotes teamwork.

Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation 4 (2017)
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Streets of Rage 4

age 10+

Arcade brawler packs fun with its furious cartoon punches.

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The Jackbox Party Pack 4

age 12+

Hilarious, at times confusing party pack can thrill players.

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The Jackbox Party Pack 5

age 12+

Odd, wacky party game features user-generated content.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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The Jackbox Party Pack 6

age 12+

Party game promotes social play but has some mature themes.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2019)
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Destiny 2: Forsaken

age 13+

New content for sci-fi shooter adds more co-op activity.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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