3 Fun Kids Online Games that Comply with COPPA

Your child probably spends a significant chunk of his time playing online games – do you know anything about them? Are they suitable for kids? Do they have any educational content? How do they rate for violent or sexually explicit content? Do they safeguard their young players’ privacy? Most parents have legitimate concerns about all of the above issues – that’s why we put together a list of kids’ online games that comply with COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.)

This federal law regulates the online collection of personal information of children aged 13 or below; spells out what websites must include in their privacy policy; details the safety and privacy responsibilities of website operators and specifies instances where parental or guardian consent is mandatory for allowing children 13 and below to use the site.

Here’s a list of COPPA-compliant kids online games your child will love!

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JumpStart

Developed by – Knowledge Adventure

Price – Free, but subscriptions / memberships available

Let your little one embark on a great interactive learning adventure with award-winning games that combine fun and education in equal measure! The site is designed for kids aged 3 – 12 and offers a safe and controlled environment where kids can learn the alphabet, polish their math skills and master science concepts in addition to many other school subjects. Players get an online avatar (known as a Jumpee) that can be completely customized and that accompanies them on their online adventures. Your Jumpee not only plays games, it can also interact with other online players, though this is entirely optional.

NASA Kids’ Club

Developed by – NASA Education

Price – Free

Now, kids can explore the mysteries of outer space from the comfort of their own room. They can also get real info about current space missions, look at NASA photographs, name asteroids, play games in a clubhouse and move into the final space frontier with Angry Birds. All the pages on the site are user-friendly and easily navigable – your child can quickly find what he’s looking for, from the easiest games (level 1) to the most difficult ones (level 5.)

Club Penguin

Developed by: Club Penguin Entertainment

Price: Free, but subscriptions / memberships available

This is a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) where kids can pick a cartoon penguin avatar and explore a virtual world set in a winter wonderland. Players can choose from the wide range of mini-games to earn coins and use them to buy stuff from the Club Penguin virtual store. With a free membership you can play a limited version of the game or purchase a subscription to get unlimited access.

If you’ve stumbled upon other great COPPA-compliant kids’ online games, I’d love to hear from you!

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