Worthy Tween/Kid Communities

With the web being as broad and expansive as the universe these days, I thought I might lay out some wicked webpages (communities, etc) for kids/tweens/teens.

  • Foster’s Big Fat Awesome House Party*: Safe, original, and never boring… This online community
    is one of my personal favorites. It’s got goofy smeared all over it (if you’ve ever seen Cartoon Network’s TV show “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” then you’ll understand). I’m not distracted by the safety features, and I’m not disappointed by the inability to connect more with my friends. There are new elements/games every day. I think one of my favorite features is that– you can only do so much in one day. Kids can’t spend their eternity wandering Foster’s halls. But it leaves the gamer with enough of a happy taste that they’re excited to come back for more the next day!
  • Sparktop.org: This web-venture is GREAT! They mix education with entertainment and are VERY safe. I’ve actually met some of the people who work at Sparktop and they’re wonderfully dedicated to their audience– wanting them to learn, explore, and grow in a safe environment (yahoooo!). I do know they are great with LD kids (as I was an ADD kid growing up). Sparktop has games, forums, and all sorts of activities on the site. They also are quick to pass any collected information along to the parent (as always, parental permission is needed). This is a great site for parents to recommend to their kids.
  • Club Penguin: Uber-safe, parent-approved (big time), and kid approved. I’ve heard A LOT about the awesomeness of Club Penguin. I’ve been through it a handful of times. Despite the cuddley name, Club Penguin is gender-neutral. It tends to appeal to the pre-tween set (roughly ages 6/7 – 11/12). Club Penguin challenges it’s members and does a great job of keeping strangers away. Kids CAN talk to their IRL friends, but they have to be checked & approved. Keep an eye on your tater tots & their wish to find “cheats”. Since I’ve written about CP in the past, search engines point people to my blog when they google things like “Club Penguin Cheats to Win” and so on. Thanks to wordpress admin I can see such things. Silly kids. For unlimited access to member services, there is a fee. But kids can create a free account and engage themselves in the world. Parents can get transcripts of their child’s activities (paying members only). To be honest– I hear the most about Club Penguin from kids & parents alike.
  • Whyville: If your kids are too old for Club Penguin, they might like Whyville. Whyville has a large following of members. There are chat options, and it takes some time to gain access. They’re very concious of keeping a safe site. The “virtual” aspects of this community aren’t the same as say “Foster’s” or “Nicktropolis”, but they’re unique to everything else out there, and that can be very refreshing. Whyville also provides Transcripts for parents. Also, Whyville does a great job in empowering their community to take ownership. Whyvillians can write for the Whyville newspaper and engage in character building exercises (educational games too).
  • Disney’s Toontown: There is a short window of time for FREE Trial access to Toontown. It is very much a virtual world (not just a community). Predictive text & pre-written sentences help communication as kids explore Toontown with their Disney character. This also has the parent’s transcript option. Very safe, and great for Disney-a-holics.
    • UPDATE: Rumor has it that Disney is looking for Toontown to be offered free on the basis of product/marketing involvement (like Nicktropolis & Neopets). Others buy into sponsoring areas of Toontown for free. Fingers Crossed!!!
  • VMK (Virtual Magic Kingdom): Like Disney’s Toontown, there is a short window of time to enjoy free access to VMK. Make your own virtual “you”, play games, and wander through the gobs of Disney marketing. But Disney is– if anything– always family friendly and safe. That’s their mantra (besides ‘buy Disney’). I grew up a Disney kid and I would have loved both this and Disney’s Toontown (probably Toontown a little better because you can roleplay your Disney character instead of your mini-virtual-you).
  • Imbee: A GREAT social networking spot is “Imbee”! This is like the young’in’s starter kid to Myspace & Facebook. Parents & kids sign up together. Parents get a page. Kids get a page. Its all very safe and very easy (big buttons for navagation, simple design). Kids can say hi to their friends and make new friends– and all under the eye of parents (who, from their page, can see everything their child says & does). And I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) that schools can opt into the program as well (teachers & classrooms). Again, this is a great site to help kids understand the fun in social networking.
  • Nick.com: Safe, loud, fun, totally Nickelodeon’s site. Kids can get emails, chat in forums, chats, and interact with games & favorite shows. Also worthy of notice: turbonick.com
    • Update: Nick just released a new front page– less orange insanity. It’s more streamlined & I dig it! Yay!
  • Nicktropolis: Nickelodeon’s new entry to the virtual world. Like all of the sites I’ve listed, very parent friendly. Your child signs up through their nick.com account, but cannot talk to anyone in the community until it’s parent approved. There’s a lot of roaming, and a lot of Nickelodeon marketing & games (which is to be expected). They’ve special events now and then too. Parents have the opportunity to gadge the level at which they feel comfortable allowing their children to communicate with others. At the most– kids get to use predictive text to communicate openly with others. They can also befriend people they know IRL.
    • Update: You can also grow your own “fish” now on Nicktopolis.
  • Leakylounge.com: The forum attached to the Harry Potter fan site: The-Leaky-Cauldron.org (or leakynews.com) is a great place for tweens/teens to assert their Harry Potter knowledge on a caring and controlled atmosphere. The staff is made up of teachers, librarians, and kids themselves– everyone with the best interests of the community & Harry Potter nation at heart. **I would suggest that parents check the site out for themselves first. (Also worthy of noting: the community at Mugglenet.com, as this is FAN site meant for kids, and very popular, it’s worth your time. However, again, I suggest that parents check it out first.)
  • Edgarandellen.com: A great website for fans of the Edgar & Ellen books & cartoons. They give fans the opportunity to give inspiring ideas that will affect the television show premiering this fall.
  • Webkinz.com: A safe, fun interactive area for any kid that loves the plushies. In other words, webkinz are toys/plushies. You cannot log into the site without a code provided by your ‘adopted’ webkinz plushie. The art/animations feel VERY young to me (a bit carebears, a bit mother goose, a bit Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop), but I’ve got it on great advice from the tater tots at CLPD that it’s a fun site (as well as from guru Jake Mckee, thanks btw!). The registration is easy and easy to navigate.
  • Neopets.com: This is a BIG hitter for kids (and some adults). Like “Webkinz” there is an adoption process, and the entire world hinges on taking care of your Neopet (not your typical standard animals). There is literally a WORLD of fun to navigate. Neopets (now owned by Viacom) appeals to many types of kids: the gamer, the social butterfly, the town member (running your own store), the treasue hunter, the explorer, the home-maker, and the future-animal-obsessed-vet. The games are expansive as well– MMORG wannabe games to addicting games (like blocks, I love blocks). There are sections of the world for pirate-enthusiasts, fairy-lovers, cave-dwellers, etc. Newsletters and guilds allow for individual empowerment. I’m not completely sold on the safety of this site yet. They’ve got attentive moderators, but in my past explorations of neopets I’ve seen a few yellow flag events. This site is huge and very fun for kids… I only suggest parents check it out and make sure they’re just as comfortable with it. In otherwords, it’s not a lock-down like Nicktropolis or VMK, but that’s not always a bad thing. At least it’s free!
    • UPDATE: Unfortunately Neopets isn’t “all free” now with the addition of a Neopets Central Mall– which requires users to pay for items with tokens BOUGHT with real cash. Ugh. For parents who don’t like this kind of Virtual World Marketing, heads up.
  • Trollz.com: I’m not a big trollz fan (I miss the ugly, naked, uni-gender Trollz of the good ole days). However, Trollz (as a product) are a lot better than Bratz (which also has a social network, but I am not a fan of encouraging little girls to grow up hoochie). Anyway, so the community is fun and light. You can befriend your friends, and that’s cool. It’s vibrant and colorful and safe. It’s also free. If your child is into Trollz, then they’ll dig this site (you get to make your own version of yourself as a Troll(z)). There are parental permissions and safety guidelines, which I dig.
  • Disney Fairies: I love this website. I love it. In the pattern of IMBEE, this is a “my first social network.” Make a virtual fairy & virtual fairy home, choose from HUNDREDS of design variations, choose from HUNDREDS of pre-written slogans, quizes, polls, etc to decorate your fairy page (much like a myspace page, but pretty and fun and safe). Find your IRL friends, who leave prewritten comments on someone else’s page. Everyone’s personal page is marked by an address (7816 Pixiewillow Lane- not an exact example, but you get the point). It’s beautiful and exceptionally done– uber safe to a T. I drool when I think of this site. It’s something to be proud of! Well done, Disney.
  • Disney’s DXD: Otherwise known as Disney’s Xtreme Digital (oooooo, feel the extremity of it when the “e” is dropped!) It’s a social networking PLATFORM– which means it gives portals to content like chat programs (like aim, but disney’s version) and multiplayer games and so on. It both notifies parents and needs parental permissions for free-chat (real life friends without predictive text). It’s brand spankin’ new, and it’s Disney, so you know it’s gotta be good if your a Disney fan (be ready for the marketing machine).
  • Lego.com: This site is GREAT for any lego-maniacs (thanks for reminding me, Jake! My godson LOVES this site). They don’t collect much information (no emails or real names), and EVERYTHING is eyeballed by moderators (yahoooo!). Their message board is uber-successful. If you dig legos, if your kids dig legos, I would recommend this site with a big grin.
    • Update: Word on the street is that Lego is building a virtual world. Keep your eyes sharp.
  • Tygirls.com: I’ve not really seen “Tygirls” before (Ty– as in the Beanie Babies Ty company). I’m not overly excited about the design or characters (they’re not as unique/original as some of the other brands/communities out there). HOWEVER! It is a safe website. And it seems to have a fully monitored forum. So if your child wants a ultra-pink site to visit and have a little elbow room (instead of some of these virtual worlds/flash-heavy communities that are lagging & stalling do to high numbers), this might be the place to send her.
  • Girlsense.com: COPPA compliant and safe, this site is great for 12+ year old girls. It’s got a funky feel with some avatar coolness (i love my avatar) and the ability to chat with friends that you KNOW. These chats are not monitored, so that’s something to take note of… but the site over all is cool for girly teens (older tweens) chock full of fashion, cutesy-advice. They notify parents with all kid-information, so parents can keep an eye on their tater tots. There are games and other fun stuff.
  • Allykatzz.com: Another rockin’ site for tweens is Allykatzz.com– it’s quite a bit different from the previous communities. UBER-safe (completely moderated), it has this close-knit feeling… organic and honest. Girls can write blog topics, have others write back, and get advice from the older kids. Pictures can be uploaded– but there’s a catch. You can’t upload any dangerous pics (identifiably dangerous, that is), and if you wanna upload yourself you need your hands over your face– which seems like a fair trade, and actually a funny catch. The site offers clubs, ecards, downloadables, etc. My favorite part is the three-strikes-you’re-out “mean girls” catch. This is a family created/originated site and NOT a branded/conglomerate property site (v. cool). A team of moderators work hard to keep a healthy, organic community… Can’t ask for anything better than that.
  • PBS’s Backyard jungle: You and your child can log into this eco-friendly site, give very little info (likes/dislikes, all very vague), build a backyard, explore other’s backyards, etc. It’s fun, educational, nature-y, and safe! Check it out. It’s one of my parent-friendly educationally-friend favorites.
  • Yomod: Yomod (from Yomod LLC) is a great new community for the tweenie boppers– fully moderated with a strong entry barrier for safety. It is a stage for UGC videos (a much better option then youtube for the tater tots) and kid blogs. The sign in process is a parent-needed process as the good ole credit card check is in play (making it difficult for kiddies to sneak through). It’s a great site for kids of the multi-media talent online.
  • kidzbop: It’s like a Karaoke Youtube site for kids– fully moderated, and very VERY little room for personal information. Parents need to give their thumbs-up for their child to join. It’s a fun site with info on tours, some easy games, kid videos (upload your own, or highlight someone else’s), contests, and parents section. You can make friends with random other kids on the site, but you can’t really talk to them… so it’s a nice little lock box.
  • MokiTown: It’s a “safety initiative” and worldly (I think there are some German mods on there). But over all– it has a Bob the Builder meets Lego feel to it. Kids are encouraged to be active. Parents are offered LOADS of information. It’s worth checking out!
  • Webbliworld: A great new site for the younger kids– great for ages 6 – 10!! It’s heavily moderated and they’ve gone to extra lengths to stay FIRM and SOLID on that fact. Right now there is only the opportunity for kids to create a profile based on their likes/dislikes and their cool little tinker-toy-esque avatar. Soon, however, there is supposedly a Virtual World/platform planned.
  • Galaxyseeds: This is a GREAT MMOG for kids looking for gaming, community, and a unique virtual world to explore. The aesthetics are bright and fun– and completely appropriate for 9/10/11/12 year boys AND girls who have interests in the futuristic/Space fantasy. Everything is uber-safe: canned messages (pre-written words, etc), and pre-moderated forums. They are COPPA compliant, and do a great job at making the sign-in registration process clear through explanations. Plus– it’s FREE. Nice.
  • Millsberry: Like the MILLS products (cereals and such?). If you do– you’ll like this colorful, safe, and engaging site. So, yes, Millsberry is a great place for a parents to send their child to play. They only collected identifiable information from kids under thirteen– due to seeking parental permission. They use canned (pre-created) messages, moderation, and filters to keep the site safe. Their privacy policy is VERY thorough, so make sure you check it out if you’re concerned. Games, Polls, Contents, Dress UP, create-a-house, become-a-music-artistic, a bit of virtual roaming (point and click map worlds) etc. I’d say, personally, that this site would probably be enjoyed best by 7 – 11 year olds.
  • Cartoon Doll Emporium: Anime-lovers be happy! Finally we have a great website (with community elements) for you (mainly girls) fans who love anime & fantasy. The site offers games, doll-avatars, contest, forums, etc. And it is VERY COPPA compliant (rock on). It’s pink and happy and filled with fantastical imagination (in anime form).
  • iCarly: Nickelodeon kids cheer! Breaking free from it’s Nickelodeon-foundation (usually Nick only wants its shows on its Nick.com site, understandably). Kids can upload various UGC elements and they can be featured on TV!! Having played with the UGC function myself– it is pretty safe/sound. Every element uploaded on the computer has to go through the parent before getting viewed by icarly staff– VERY smart (no second guessing on credit there). The blog entries are pretty good… personally I LOVE the entries by Carly’s big bro– he’s hilarious. There are a few games on the site, and it’s relatively goofy– and not uber-forward/flashy/gaudy/etc like some of the sites are these days. It almost feels a bit fischer price, but I still dig it and your kids will too if they’re fans of the show. :)
  • Barbiegirls: Oh, the Barbie brand lives on!! It’s safe and mostly free. Parents have to approve the level at which their children can communicate with IRL friends– but VW friends are all safe/predictive text. The avatar system is fun and totally lends itself to the dress up play pattern of the Barbie brand. To get the “extended” features, the user must purchase the MP3 player, amongst other Barbie goodies. In the war of dress up virtual worlds/dolls– this one gets my top vote.
  • Be-bratz: Safe, doll play virtual world based on the Bratz doll craze. Not a big fan of the brand at all (hoochie mentality), but the site is fine. Kids can’t get in without buying the 40$ bratz doll. Oh well.
  • Myepets: Little bro to the Bratz brand is Myepets– a pet care based virtual world. You must buy a Myepet doll and get the code (ala Webkinz) to play. It’s safe and parents dictate the level at which kids can chat.
  • Littlest Pet Shop: Not quite a community world yet (still in beta), this will be a great world for pet care play in the virtual set. I’d pick this brand over myepets every day– if only for the longevity & originality of the overall brand. The pets are cute and it does promote good eating and good behavior. Must by the stuffed animal to join (and they’re hard to get your hands on these days).
  • Beacon Street Girls: The Beacon Street Girls have JUST relaunched their site with community features– allowing fans of the Beacon Street Girls books an opportunity to feel a part of the story! The registration process is great and straight forward, and BSC does a great job of being completely COPPA friendly & safe. They’ve contests on the site and some games that correlate to the stories. The part I dig??? THE CHARACTERS TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND TO FAN COMMENTS. I’m telling you– for uber-fans? That means a lot. There’s a lot of places Beacon Street Girls’ site and go, and I’m sure it’s just the beginning for the digital aspect of the story and no doubt will continue to grow over time!
  • Shining Stars: LIKE WEBKINZ, Shining Stars is another “buy product, get code, enter world” Virtual Experience. Instead of chat– it’s more of a profile builder & doll experience. The cool addition is the ability to “make” videos (pre-created installments to plug into a program & create “own” story?).
  • Lola’s World: It’s a companion community with vw-elements for tween girls based on the Lola, Think Pink, books. It launches in April 08.
  • WePlay: A sports community for youth, couches, and parents.
  • Ourworld: A tween community for socializing, clothes, and games. Has unique user interface, and they’ve safely retracted youtube videos into their site (better to watch them here than at youtube). And the environment is interesting. It’s safe, although I’m not a fan of using an email (one time collection) as login. They do seek parents verification consistently.
  • Tikatok: a community for young writers who want to see their stories published.

I CONTINUOUSLY ADD MORE SITES AS THEY MOVE OUT OF BETA
(OR BECOME SOMEWHAT BETA-ESTABLISHED)!

So check back. And if you have community sites that I’ve not mentioned PLEASE add them in the comments –And remember, I’m looking for sites appropriate for kids under the age of 13.
**FYI, Here are TWO more links you might be interested in:

  1. Future/Pre-Beta Virtual World < this is a list of Virtual Worlds currently in development. Worthy of a glance!
  2. Communties NOT for Tweens/Kids < a list of communities that are NOT FOR KIDS (despite the look/feel)
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  1. April 30, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Two others that get good feedback from my friend’s kids are: Webkinz.com and the games at Nickjr.com.

  2. Tim
    April 30, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for adding us to your list. We apprecaite the nod.

    Cheers,

    Tim D
    Founder, imbee.com

  3. April 30, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for dropping by, Tim! Imbee is a great site! My neice is a card-carrying member. :)

  4. April 30, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    AllyKatzz.com is not on the list! We launched on March 2 – web 2.0 – mission is to give tween girls a safe place to see the world through the eyes of other girls. AllyKatzz is SAFE – goes beyond COPPA compliant – 100% monitored social networking site for girls ages 10-15. Tween girls blog about things important in their worlds, but do NOT post pictures of themselves, their e-mail addresses, phone numbers, or any other personally identifiable information. AllyKatzz hires college students to read every word and review every picture – BEFORE posting – to make sure it’s safe. We were just reviewed by http://www.familywebwatch.com. Please visit us!
    Best,
    Denise, Founder, AllyKatzz.com

  5. April 30, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Ooo! Thanks for the heads up, Denise! I’ll jump right in and take a good gander. It’s great to hear about another site who moderates any/all comments before they go up! That rocks! :)

  6. Greg Moul
    April 30, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Oracle’s “think.com” is a safe and secure site, that is academically inclined and designed to be used by pre-middle schoolers. The site has a worldwide audience and the content is patroled by teachers and students alike.

  7. Tim
    May 1, 2007 at 1:46 am

    PS – for those who might be interested, imbee.com also offers a free school blogging program. Information can be found at http://www.imbee.com/teacher

    Tim

  8. May 1, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    If I recall, LEGO.com also mods all comments before publication. They’ve all done an impressive job over the years adding mechanisms that don’t require moderation.

  9. Jif
    May 2, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    You forgot Puzzle Pirates!

  10. May 2, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    :( Sadly Puzzle Pirates does not accommodate U13.

    “Children: Three Rings does not presently accept registrations from children under age 13.”

  11. Jif
    May 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Aren’t “tweens” older than 13?

  12. May 2, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Not really. Over thirteen year olds = teens. I’m mainly looking for sites that accommodate safe & fun atmospheres for 9 – 13 year olds. Hope that helps :)

    I DO love Puzzle Pirates though. I’m a pirate fanatic (currantly promoting vikings- the pre-pirates- simply because of the mass market with pirates from the movies and such). And that site is very fun.

  13. May 14, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Excellent resources, thanks.

  14. May 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    when can i get a website of my own???

  15. John
    June 12, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Check out yomod (www.yomod.com) as well.

  16. Brian
    June 14, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Yomod.com should be added to the list. It offers age-appropriate videos and members create profiles in a safe community.

  17. July 10, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Hey– keep an eye out for Playdo ya’ll. I won’t put it on my list because it has absolutely NO info on the safety. But it is relaunching (currently in invite-only beta). Just something for your radar.

  18. July 10, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    :La:La:La:
    Thank you muchly.
    Do you have anything for my4 year old son?

  19. July 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Another good site is beaconstreetgirls.com!

  20. July 26, 2007 at 5:17 am

    Is Millsbury a safe site for my tween?

  21. cath
    August 1, 2007 at 11:34 am

    one of the things my son loves about lego is the digital designer download – imagine an infinite box of lego, but all sorted by shape & colour etc…. he’s 8 now but has been playing lego online since he was 6. he loves penguins too – it has been great for him to keep in touch with RL friends who go to a different school.

  22. October 17, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Great article, thanks!

  23. October 19, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Great article.
    Can someone help suggest me the best sites for 4-7 years old kids which is community-base. Me and some friends are looking into developing something for this group and we are not quite certain how aware kids at this age are of “community” online.

  24. RMS
    December 10, 2007 at 1:48 am

    One more amazing site is gaiaonline.com. Its almost like a more mature Neopets for tweens and tenns. It as an amazing avatar system. Just so you know, the whole this is based on anime. Also, thanks for putting this up. I was looking for something like this!

  25. December 10, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    I hate to say it– but RMS, Gaia is NOT for kids U13. I’ve only put sites up that are appropriate for kids U13 and meant (mainly) for kids U13. Sorry :) If you check my other “Sites NOT for tweens” you’ll see Gaiaonline there.

  26. December 10, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    For those looking for preschool, young tween (or what i’ve been hilariously called “twid”– i’ve a weird sense of humor) check out both Webbliworld & Panwapa. Both are created for that site. Also, if you check out the Beta VW list I created, there are a few on there as well.

  27. KR
    January 25, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Another one to keep an eye on is Souptoys.com which has established a community for players of its online toys. Hopefully they will be further developing their site soon.

  28. me
    March 16, 2008 at 7:48 am

    anyone here age 12

  29. Amanda
    April 3, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    What is a good game for my 10 year old daughter that’s free? She isn’t a girlygirl. She like big fatawesomehouseparty but that doesn’t work anymore.

  30. May 12, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    http://www.honeyzweb.com is a site targeted specially to the tween market. Our intention was to create a fun and stimulating environment for young girls that is also safe. It’s predominantly ‘fashion’ based but one of the other present themes is environmentalism. Not only can they create their own character(or “Honey”),play games, play dress up but there’s also an online comic and users can have a diary which can be secret or function as a blog. Take a look, it would be much appreciated!
    Thanks! :)

  31. May 29, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Elf Island merits a place on this list – http://www.elfisland.com — It’s a revolutionary Virtual World for kid’s ages 8-12, that is due to launch late summer 2008.

    Here’s a top line overview of the site and its mission.

    - We’re coining a whole new genre of gaming: Gaming for Good ™, which empowers kids to play an active role in making a difference in the real world.

    - Elf Island is the first and only virtual world that uses what we’re calling Mirrored Gaming™ — which is based on the exclusive premise of practicing good online and reflecting that same good offline.

    - Elf Island leverages the power of fun through entertaining game play, social interaction and storytelling while encouraging kids to understand they have the power to influence change in the world.

    Riddled with differentiators from any site currently in the market, Elf Island is an amazingly creative environment that opens up new opportunities for giving back and delivers a new level of fun and fulfillment. Elf Island’s founders are award-winning game industry veterans (and devoted parents) who have created youth-focused online promotions and experiences.

  32. June 18, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    This is a great list! Playnormous (http://www.playnormous.com) is something that should definitely be added. It’s very unique, and I haven’t seen anything out there like it.

    Playnormous is an online community where children and their parents can learn about health the fun way with games, animations, and a personal monster world.

    Playnormous games stealthily weave entertaining gameplay with health information and components clinically proven to change health behaviors in children. All of the games are designed and tested in conjunction with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center.

    The site and games are designed by award-winning artists and programmers so it’s a high quality site. The ultimate goal of Playnormous is to inform, educate, and inspire children to make healthier lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and physical activity while still keeping things fun.

    Playnormous.com is definitely worth checking out.

  33. big galoot
    June 20, 2008 at 11:37 am

    great lists you compile,very informative. but with the weplay site I think you meant coaches, couches are what we need to get the kids off of.

  34. August 1, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Love the lists Im a “tween” myself & it helped me find kid-friendly content where i could connect with my peers,keep up the good work!!

  35. Chrissy
    September 5, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    could you post some more games on here plz

  36. December 17, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Hi, great list! Wanted to also mention Horseland.com. Horseland actually has two games: one for kids/tweens under 13 called “Horseland Jr”, and much more interactive game for players 13+ called “Horseland World”.

    Horseland Jr features characters from the Horseland Cartoon series. You care for your horse and compete in shows. COPPA complaint.

    Horseland World is an immersive online game/community. They have realistic 3D jumping shows you can compete in with your horses, and 3D World you can explore on horseback with your friends. Every horse and player gets a customizable avatar.

    Best,
    Christina

  37. Allie
    June 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Which is best? I’ve been bored for a while, things get cliche after a while.

  38. CleverHive
    December 10, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Great list! There is another one you’ve forgotten, CleverHive is a new place for tween girls online. From homework tips to beauty secrets–by writing how-to’s– girls on CleverHive share what they do so other girls can do it too. The site encourages girls to engage with a global online community that is safe and empowering. CleverHive helps clever girls as they journey toward self-discovery. Because at CleverHive, we/they believe that if girls discover what makes them clever, they can change the world! http://www.cleverhive.com

  39. haley
    July 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I am twelve turning 13 and I am looking for a website where tweens and teens could hang out with out the little kids stuff and without the older teen stuff. Also, where both boys and girls can communicate.

  40. Gaby
    September 25, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I think moviestarplanet.com is great! im 11 and i am iddicted! you make movies, wear cool clothes, have bff’s and wayyyy more! its not girly either. I really recconmend it!

    http://www.moviestarplanet.com

  41. Maryanne Presley
    October 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    My stepdaughter has been playing Wizard101 for a while it has great parental controls and introduced her into the MMO playing field. Now that she is growing out of it a bit, I am eager to find another, age appropriate game for her to play.

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