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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Virtual world preschoolers can enjoy with adult help.
URL: http://www.pocoyo.com/
(2010)
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JumpStart 3D Virtual World Game Poster Image
Online learning game set in a big open world is a cut above.
Platforms: Windows
(2009)
(2009)
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Math Blaster Online Game Poster Image
Exciting-yet-educational games in safe, social world.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2011)
(2011)
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Poptropica Website Poster Image
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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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Fantage Website Poster Image
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Cute, fun virtual world with great safety measures.
URL: http://www.fantage.com
(2008)
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Innerstar University Website Poster Image
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Buy American Girl, play in safe, positive virtual world.
URL: http://web.innerstaru.com/
(2010)
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Space Heroes Universe Website Poster Image
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Safe virtual world with fun, space-age games.
URL: http://www.littlespaceheroes.com/
(2013)
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The Club Website Poster Image
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Safe virtual playground for tween fans of Nick characters.
URL: http://www.nick.com/club
(2007)
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Club Penguin Island App Poster Image
New version of kids' community fun, falls short of original.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2017)
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MoshiMonsters Website Poster Image
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Virtual world with digital monsters heavy on transactions.
URL: http://www.moshimonsters.com
(2008)
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Franktown Rocks Website Poster Image
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Music and social networking combine in safe, cool hangout.
URL: http://www.franktownrocks.com/
(2012)
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Pottermore Website Poster Image
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More info than interactivity, but Potterheads will love it.
URL: http://www.pottermore.com
(2012)
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Kidzworld Website Poster Image
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Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
URL: http://kidzworld.com
(2007)
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OurWorld Website Poster Image
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Virtual world with games and some smart parental controls.
URL: http://www.ourworld.com
(2011)
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