The best of Massively's MMO Family column

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While young children aren't Massively's target demographic, we frequently encounter MMOs that appeal to kids as well as MMO gamers with kids. That's why we ran the MMO Family column for over four years. Helmed first by Lisa Poisso and then Karen Bryan, the column reviewed kid-friendly games and offered advice and insight on how to survive as the parent of budding MMO gamers.

Enjoy our picks for the very best of their collected work in MMO Family.

Advice for parents and families
What exactly is a kid-friendly MMO?
How to lobby your parents for more gaming time
Lessons learned from parenting and gaming
Do kids belong in guilds?
Kidproofing your favorite MMO
Forbes' three essential parenting tips on video games
How to encourage reading through video games
How to raise an astute gamer (even if you aren't one)
Can gaming boost kids' physical activity?
Setting screen time limits this summer
How soon is too soon to game?
Is your child ready for MMO raiding?
Failure in games isn't just an option; it's a requirement
Why Catfish is a term your kids should know
Are virtual presents a worthy holiday gift?
The state of the game (at school)
How helpful are those ESRB ratings?
Finding time to game during the family years
Why safe chat isn't so safe (and why that's OK)
Why games are good for family
Parents as gaming gatekeepers
The 10-step back-to-school gaming tuneup
Long-distance gaming with Grandma and Grandpa
Screening "screen time"
Mind your massively multiplayer manners
Mind your massively multiplayer manners revisited
Hey, this looks like a kids' game -- but is it?
Parental control tools
The family that groups together
17 internet safety tactics for gaming families

Science and genre insight
Yes, video games are good for you
Study shows no link between video games and mental health issues in children
Good video games or bad mind games?
Are kid-friendly MMOs doomed to extinction?
MMO trends from kid-friendly game conventions
Study challenges common views on digital media, video games, and family
The many ways video games teach children
Are video games stressing kids out?
Is it time to regulate MMO cash shops?
The consequences of kids at conventions
Is the Google generation losing its inventive spirit?
Moving beyond the mundane in kid-friendly MMOs
Is free-to-play bad for kid-friendly MMOs?
Four ways to improve kid-friendly MMOs
Games of chance vs. MMOs
Video game violence provokes aggression in some kids but not others

Game impressions
First impressions of Ganz's Amazing World
Setting Sail in Pirate101
First impressions of Dreamworks' School of Dragons
A look at Phineas and Ferb's Agent Alert
First Impressions of World of Trinketz
First Impressions of Pora Ora
Pirate101 and the Pixar effect
Clone Wars Adventures' tale of two card games
Jumping into learning with JumpStart
Open-world combat and old school gaming in Free Realms
Roblox first impressions
LEGO Universe, autism, and heartbreak
Heroing-up in Super Hero Squad Online
First Impressions of Project Exonaut
First impressions of Little Space Heroes
A parent's look at Club Penguin
A parent's look at Neopets
A parent's look at World of Warcraft
A parent's look at Lord of the Rings Online
A parent's look at Hello Kitty Online
A parent's look at World of Cars Online
A parent's look at Fantage
A parent's look at Pixie Hollow
A parent's look at Toontown Online
A parent's look at Wizard101
A parent's look at Ether Saga Online
A parent's look at Free Realms

This article was originally published on Massively.