10 Best Virtual Worlds for Teens, Tweens and Kids

Kids are loving virtual worlds.  It seems my teen and tween trendspotters are emailing me about a new one every week! I wanted to review a few of the most popular ones and recommend ones I think are safe.  I also think it is really important for parents to go on and explore these worlds a little more with their kids.  This keeps you into their world and insures that you know what they like (changing rapidly).  Feel free to leave virtual worlds you and your kids like in the comments.

Best Virtual Worlds for Teens, Tweens and Kids

Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 12.59.39 PM1. Wizard 101

Ages: 8-16

Description: “Wizard101 is an online, multiplayer, Wizard school adventure game with collectible card magic, wizard duels, and far off worlds! The game allows players to create a student Wizard in an attempt to save Wizard City and explore many different worlds.”

Review: If your kids love Harry Potter, they are going to love this.  I like that this virtual world is more than just “chat and play games” it has a cool theme and interesting layout.

2. Club Penguin

Ages: 7-14

Description: A virtual world for kids with penguin avatars where they can chat, play games and hang out.

Review: Club Penguin seems to be very addictive for those who play.  I like this virtual world, but doesn’t seem to stick for those about 11.

3. Teen Second Life

Ages: 13-18

Description: “Join Teens from all over the globe in Teen Second Life – a 3D virtual world created by you and for you.  Create, learn new skills, start a business, meet new people — it’s your world, your imagination.”

This website is much, much edgier than some of the other cartoony sites.  I do not know many teens on Teen Second Life, but it is much more like a grown-up playground with more controls than open Second Life.

4. Webkinz World

Ages: 6-18

“Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net!”

A little less Disney polished than Club Penguin, but I like that it seems to grow and change quicker and stay up with what kids want who are in their playing.  A bit older than Club Penguin crowd as well.

5. Super Secret

Ages: 10-18

Description: “This is a supercool and beautifully designed new online social game for kids who are ready for more than Club Penguin but who are too young for mySpace. The game transports kids into a secret world where they can chat with friends, play mini-games, complete urgent quests – and  grow up virtually from 10 to 18 as they collect points.”

Review: I like that this feels a bit older for the tween crowd. It’s also not too expensive at only $30 a year.

6. Toon Town

Ages: 7-18
Toon Town USA is a website for kids from the Walt Disney Company. It uses familiar characters from Disney to interact with users.
Review:”I think this is great because it lets kids do more with Disney Characters than just watch them on TV or see them at Disneyland. ”

Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 12.59.55 PM7. BarbieGirls.com

Ages: 7-12

Mattel’s site for girls and their online Barbies.

Review: Although I loved Barbie, I am not sure how I feel about the image it portrays to young girls about how they should look.  Also, I feel like half of the fun of barbie is braiding her hair…in real life, not on the game.  Cool back-up none-the-less.

8. Build-a-Bearville

Ages: 7-18

Description: “Our site was created with many features to help ensure a safe experience for your child and has been monitored for safe play since day one.”

I might be a bit biased because I LOVE Build-a-Bear and this is the perfect continuation of the Build-a-Bear workshops into the online world.

9. Secret Builders

: 5-14

: “On SecretBuilders, children will explore virtual lands, undertake quests, play games, maintain a home, nurture a pet, and interact with their friends. Three features which form the backdrop for SecretBuilders distinguish it from other online worlds: Children learn through immersing themselves in the stories, themes, and concepts from the best in literature, arts and humanities. They will interact with famous historical and fictional figures and be introduced to content and characters from world civilization and the great thoughts and ideas of human creativity. They also create and publish their own worlds — writings, art and videos.”

: I like that this site allows kids to upload their own works of art so they are not jsut interacting, but creating.  I also think the integration of historical figures and lessons is quite clever.

10. Whyville

Ages: 7-16

Description: “Whyville’s millions of registered “citizens” come from all over to learn, create, and have fun together. Whyville is their world. Whyville has places to go, things to do, and of course, people to see. Whyville has its own newspaper, its own Senators, its own beach, museum, City Hall and town square, its own suburbia, and even its own economy – citizens earn “clams” by playing educational games.”

528 thoughts on “10 Best Virtual Worlds for Teens, Tweens and Kids”

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  2. yo can you dance I just won a contest aginst like fifty people . I didn’t know what the spongbob was until now. I now know that its gay

  3. just try i game called chitchatcity its awesome you can do quests to get money or kill zombies and you can make avatars how ever you like

  4. you should play onverse it is for 13+ and you can create your own avatar you can shop and meet new people you have the choice to buy vip but you don’t need it you can explore different worlds and meet friends it is fun not baby-ish or perverted or stupid.

  5. @penningtonisme i know this one game called ‘movie star planet’ where u can find friends, shop, etc. i think u would like it ;)

  6. IM an Extreme Gamer Girl (i just turn 13) I live off of it Day and Night, I suggest Woozworld, Roblox, Fantage, IMVU, Minecraft, Woozworld App, and PBS Kids! Im a woozworld FAN More than all of my suggestions I been playing it since i left out of public school to home school. I know you will love it too if you give it a try :) Add me (Woozworld): Dazzy9 Puh-lease! x3

  7. and if you r reading this and post scary if u don’t post this on 5 games u will die or a dead girl will be in your room stuff like that STOP cuz u r doing it on KID websites getting them SCARED TO DEATH!!!

  8. u should try animal jam. the game is angled at 5-10 i believe the game is super kewl and there is a app coming. If you live in Austraila Canada or new Zealand you can get the app now!

  9. I quit WoozWorld because of all the inappropriate content and drama. My family members said that it’s starting to reflect in my life and lol, I don’t want that to happen.

  10. smallworlds is quite a good game but watch out some places people can be quite mean so just report them but yeh other wise than that its really good

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