Virtual-World Games and Websites

Kids love playing in virtual worlds, but how do you know which ones are safe? We've scoured the Web for the best virtual worlds offering online games in a safe, monitored setting. See our grid ratings for virtual environments with the best safety, privacy, and parental controls, and make sure you talk with your kids about the rules and responsible online behavior, playing alongside if possible. Some sites send parents updates about their kids' virtual-game experiences, so use those as conversation starters to learn how your kid is interacting. The worlds on our list include all the online activities kids love most: games, puzzles, safe chat, safe social networking, and even some positive social messaging.

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Pocoyo World Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Virtual world preschoolers can enjoy with adult help.
URL: http://www.pocoyo.com/
(2010)
LEARNING
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
Club Penguin Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Site unveils new chat tool, makes it easier to find friends.
URL: http://www.clubpenguin.com/
(2011)
LEARNING
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2011)
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Island-hopping adventure is hours of safe fun, but with ads.
URL: http://www.poptropica.com
(2008)
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Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.
URL: http://www.fantage.com
(2008)
Innerstar University Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Buy American Girl, play in safe, positive virtual world.
URL: http://web.innerstaru.com/
(2010)
Space Heroes Universe Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Safe virtual world with fun, space-age games.
URL: http://www.littlespaceheroes.com/
(2013)
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Safe virtual playground for tween fans of Nick characters.
URL: http://www.nick.com/club
(2007)
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LEARNING
Virtual world with digital monsters heavy on transactions.
URL: http://www.moshimonsters.com
(2008)
Franktown Rocks Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Music and social networking combine in safe, cool hangout.
URL: http://www.franktownrocks.com/
(2012)
Pottermore Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Engaging virtual world brings Harry Potter to life.
URL: http://www.pottermore.com
(2012)
Kidzworld Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
URL: http://kidzworld.com
(2007)
OurWorld Website Poster Image
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LEARNING
Virtual world with games and some smart parental controls.
URL: http://www.ourworld.com
(2011)

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