The virtual world of Whyville 

Whyville is an online community for children between the ages of 8-14. This 7-million-member community is a virtual world where kids have the ability to interact with each other with advanced identities and cultural complexities that are found in our physical world. Utah State University's Deborah Fields recently spoke at TEDxUSU on the interesting subject of tween activism that occurred in this virtual setting.

Tween activism in a virtual world

Here's Dr. Field's TEDxUSU speech:

Dr. Deborah Fields

Dr. Deborah Fields is a world-renowned authority in the unique area of tween life in online environments. She co-authored the book Connected Play: Tweens in a Virtual World.