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Virtual Worlds for Tweens

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Tweens are stuck in that place between being a little kid and being a teenager. They are still drawn to some of the things that appeal to the younger set, but also want more sophisticated options and a bit more freedom. These virtual worlds are still cute and fun, but start to allow more freedom in chatting and navigation. They are typically geared towards kids 10-14.

1. Dizzywood

Dizzywood is one of the more unique virtual worlds for kids. As you explore the different environments in Dizzywood, you can play games, take part in quests and discover all kinds of surprises. It's fun to wander around because you never know what you'll find. This is definitely a site to watch.

Dizzywood is free with no outside advertising at this time.

2. Whyville

Whyville is one of the oldest virtual worlds for kids. Avatars are basically floating heads and it's a popular spot for tweens to chat. Whyville has quite a bit of educational content ranging from art appreciation to physics.

Whyville is free to join and easy to get started.

3. Club Penguin

Disney's Club Penguin is one of the first, and most popular, virtual worlds for kids. Imagine a world filled with snow and technicolor penguins...

Basic registration is free, but premium membership is available.

5. Barbie Girls

Barbie Girls is a spot for girls to chat with friends, play games and build their virtual wardrobes.

Barbie Girls is free, but purchasing a Barbie Girls MP3 player will unlock more content. They are also adding premium paid memberships in the near future.

6. TyGirlz

TyGirlz is a space for girls where they can decorate their own rooms, try on different fashions and meet new friends. The site has activities and games to appeal to a wide variety of girls, as well.

In order to access the TyGirlz website, you'll need to purchase one of the TyGirlz dolls. Although your membership doesn't expire, you have to make additional purchases to access all of the features on the site.

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