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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AGE
3
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LEARNING
Virtual world preschoolers can enjoy with adult help.
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URL: http://www.pocoyo.com/
(2010)
AGE
4
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LEARNING
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
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Platforms: Windows
(2009)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Site unveils new chat tool, makes it easier to find friends.
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URL: http://www.clubpenguin.com/
(2011)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
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Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2011)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Island-hopping adventure is hours of safe fun, but with ads.
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URL: http://www.poptropica.com
(2008)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.
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URL: http://www.fantage.com
(2008)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Buy American Girl, play in safe, positive virtual world.
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URL: http://web.innerstaru.com/
(2010)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Safe virtual world with fun, space-age games.
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URL: http://www.littlespaceheroes.com/
(2013)
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
Safe virtual playground for tween fans of Nick characters.
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URL: http://www.nick.com/club
(2007)
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Take care of creatures and learn a little in virtual world.
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URL: http://www.moshimonsters.com
(2008)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Music and social networking combine in safe, cool hangout.
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URL: http://www.franktownrocks.com/
(2012)
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Engaging virtual world brings Harry Potter to life.
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URL: http://www.pottermore.com
(2012)
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
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URL: http://kidzworld.com
(2007)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING
Virtual world with games and some smart parental controls.
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URL: http://www.ourworld.com
(2011)