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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-16 16:00
Subject: [child] The Child asks for some suggestions
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Tags:child, help, tech

the_child has been playing with Club Penguin for a while — an online social environment for pre-teens, basically. She’s wondering about similar sites or games which are age-appropriate for her. Any suggestions?

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2008-11-16 23:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
www.kongregate.com and www.armorgames.com have about 10,000 online games each. Check out the puzzle and logic games on both sides.
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Chang...  just Chang.
User: chang3002
Date: 2008-11-16 23:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Millsberry, says my kid. And then she yells "Stupid Spiders!" at the PS3.
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miki garrison: disco snake
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2008-11-16 23:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:disco snake
Whyville. (And if she tries it, I'd love to hear some feedback -- we are thinking about using it for a study at work, and she has a lot in common with our target audience).
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dinogrl: Don't make me use my teacher voice!
User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-11-17 00:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Don't make me use my teacher voice!
Games: funbrain, yahoo games, madlibs
News, academic, and information: scholastic.com, harcourt brace (math), SRA on line, wildones.org (environmental conservation).
ustreasuryforkids.gov, nationalaudubonsociety also some interesting stuff.
mancala bugs, mancala snails are also entertaining, at least for me anyway...
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sharaith
User: sharaith
Date: 2008-11-17 01:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's Neopets, of course - it's a community and games site geared toward preteens. Been a while since I played it as a preteen myself, but here's what it was like then: Players play games to earn money, and then use the money to buy things for their pets (build houses, buy furniture and food, etc.). I think it even still has a virtual stock market. :) There are also forums where they can chat with other players. Fun site, though methods of communication between players are heavily monitored to keep it age-appropriate.

Then there's Gaia Online... which she would probably like, but which might be too old for her. It's another community site - not so many games, and very forum-oriented. If she does decide to try out Gaia, tell her to pm me. My username is Sharaith - I can help her get set up. :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-17 01:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you very much!
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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-11-17 06:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've got a 13 year old who'd like to find a social gaming site she could sink her teeth into -- LJ is too full of "my" friends and not enough of "hers" ;>.

How does Gaia sound for someone that age?
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sharaith
User: sharaith
Date: 2008-11-17 12:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gaia's great for 13 year olds - just be aware that there's some fairly mature content on the site (but nothing 18+, and it's easy enough to avoid). It's also more of a forum site than a gaming site, though there are games too - including a large-scale multiplayer adventure game that they just launched.

Neopets has better games, and more of them, but might be too young for her. Depends what she likes.
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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-11-17 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thanks!
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A large duck
User: burger_eater
Date: 2008-11-17 05:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's not a social site, but Poptropica is a fun game site.
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jenntheamazon
User: jenntheamazon
Date: 2008-11-18 03:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have found that anything Wii related is pretty good for any age range. My 86 year old grandfathers loves a lot of the same games that my 5 yr old kicks my butt at. *grins* Can you elaborate on her likes/dislikes, maybe I can get more specific for her.
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