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#1 of 7 Old 06-02-2007, 10:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ds (age 11) and I are at an impasse.

He wants to play games and read comics online - many of the ones he wants to play seem overly violent and inappropriate (to me, if not to him )

I have banned some sites, but it is an never-ending struggle.

-What are your preteens favorite sites (particularly if they are cool, fun, yet not horrifically violent ones). He seems drawn to action/comedy/fantascy.
-Anyone know any non-adult comic sites?

Thank you!

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Runescape is a good online game. It's an MMORPG, or massively multiplayer online roleplaying game, for the non-geek among us. Basically, you become a character in a vaguely medieval universe and work to train skills, gather items, and perform quests. There's a good free version and a paid version for $5 a month. Although there's violence, it's very animated and not at all graphic. I'd recommend playing it a little to see if it meets with your approval. It teaches great skills, since you interact with thousands of other people from across the globe in-game. There's an economy to take part in, skills to build, quests to do, and so on. www.runescape.com

Squirrelworks is a good non-adult comic site. I'm particularly fond of Fairview High, but I may be a little biased--I know the creator and am the voice to one of the characters in the animated version he's working on. FVH does involve some magical references--vampires, werewolves, witches--so if those aren't things that work for your family, I'd give it a miss.
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yeah thats a favorite of my brother who is almost 14
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I've heard good things about Whyville. But I think it is more oriented towards girls, esp of the 9-14 yr old bracket.
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www.clubpenguin.com
www.neopets.com
www.pogo.com

I have girls so I have to say that I don't know many boy sites. I second the www.runescape.com site, I have played it and it seems fine.
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My 9yo DD loves neopets and has gotten me to play it to and it is fun and somthing that we can do together
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My 11 year old is another Runescape fan.
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