There’s Poptropica, a fantasy archipelago where kids ages six to 15 roleplay and complete quests.
However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.
Fantage is one of many free and paid virtual worlds that have attracted 66.4 million active users from age seven to 13, according to virtual world research firm KZero.
There’s Webkinz, a world based around the virtual alter egos of the plush toys found in stores.
Virtual worlds like Fantage are fun, innocent, bright-colored versions of the massively-multiplayer online games that teenagers and adults play.
They also unintentionally function as online dating sites for the elementary and middle school set.
Online dating for middle schoolers is pretty primitive. " Kids pair off by asking "say 123 if u want me" and break up just as abruptly — like, five minutes later — by dropping a quick "brb" and then disappearing to another server.