One of the problems with computers and the internet right now is that there is unlimited access to games that just simply wastes time. If you don't moderate your kids, they'll just play with whatever their peers are playing with. And who knows if they're also watching inappropriate content from websites.

And you also can't force them all the time to not play since they're supposed to be enjoying their youth.

So the solution I had in mind is to simply influence the young ones to play "cool" and "fun" games, which should eventually take their time off the lesser important things.

So, what PC or online games are advisable for 8 year old girls?

Disclaimer: I'm not a parent. This is for my girlfriend's younger sister because I noticed her spending way too much time playing with Facebook apps. This is also the reason why I can only influence her instead of actually telling her what (not) to do or play with, because it should be her family's responsibility.

asked 19 Mar '10, 08:04

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edited 23 Apr '10, 18:37

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+1 You make a great point, I also noticed nephews and nieces doing the same recently.

(19 Mar '10, 08:41) Emi

I completely agree about facebook apps. They're specifically designed to be viral and addictive, but not at all educational or even that fun in the long term. It's like sitting idly by while they experiment with crack. ;)

(19 Mar '10, 08:53) Scott ♦♦

My seven year old daughter likes Fantastic Contraption.


answered 20 Mar '10, 01:13

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edited 23 Mar '10, 02:28

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I have to recommend that one for 33 year old Engineers too... :)

(20 Mar '10, 18:35) Scott ♦♦

I'm now getting the following message from Firefox when I try to go there: "This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences."

(21 Mar '10, 01:57) Scott ♦♦

Thanks for the heads-up, Scott! It wasn't doing that when I posted the link.

(21 Mar '10, 18:27) Peter K.

@Peter K. - It's stopped doing that, so I'm rolling back the edit. It's a fun game! :)

(23 Mar '10, 02:29) Scott ♦♦

I just got this American Girl game for a 9 year old friend of my daughter.


answered 20 Mar '10, 15:49

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In Free: The Future of a Radical Price, Chris Anderson has nice things to say about his kids playing Club Penguin, which is "designed for 6-14-year-olds but is open to children of all ages."

That said, I'd do everything I could to have the 8 year old play outside, do an art project, do a puzzle, read a book, etc.


answered 20 Mar '10, 20:12

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edited 23 Mar '10, 00:56

+1 for encouraging none computer games too

(20 Mar '10, 20:37) Tammy ♦♦
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