What can you do? Kids will be kids and demand all sorts of online freedoms because we’ve spawned an entire generation of technophiles who start really young. But as a parent, older sibling or guardian, you know you can’t just let them run amok on the web because it can be a dangerous place. So without further ado, here’s a selection of games young ones can enjoy in safe online environments.
1. Petra’s Planet: One of the easiest games to sign up for, Petra’s Planet is set across different locations including Sami Land, Senegal, Jordan and Sri Lanka. Players start with six avatars and their animals pets. Aimed at children between 6 to 11 years, it’s built to offer an educational experience in a fun way. Gamers get to travel to different countries, learn about various cultures and nature amongst other things.
2. RolyPolyLand: This offering is one of the most child-friendly games we’ve come across. It has a site moderator working around the clock to ensure players don’t give away any personal information. Also, texts sent by Roly characters are censored for foul language before others can see them. The game works partly like a social network and has an educational aspect to it. It is targeted at 4 to 12 year old kids.
3. Franktown Rocks: If the name gave away any hints, you’ve probably guessed that it has a lot to do with nurturing your little one’s love for music. Complete with a social element, it will have users playing games, jumping into mini quests, making music, driving cars, buying a pet to dress it up and so on. It offers access to G rated songs by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez, Michael Jackson and others.
4. Amazing World: Also an MMO (massively multiplayer online) game like the third option, Amazing World is for players 6 years and above. In it, users play as a bear, rabbit or cow character called Zing who is introduced to Queen Vexa and her trouble-causing minions, the Nix. If you want to get a feel of just how kid-safe this quest-oriented offering is, then know that the Nix can be chased away by the player simply waving their arms wildly.
5. Garden Party: There was a time when children could go out and have fun and be close to nature at the same time. Living in a city may not allow you the luxury of helping your tiny tots build their own tree-house or indulge in gardening activities. Here comes Garden Party which is filled with options for spending time gardening, fishing, taking care of pets or decorating tree-houses in the virtual world. Need we say any more?
Apart from the aforesaid alternatives, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Mattel and Disney have some standard fare to offer. We must give a passing mention to Moshi Monsters, Neopets and ToonTown Online which are equally good options for kids to play online.