Teen Second Life

Teen Second Life is a version of the popular online game Second Life that grew out of reports and accusations that Second Life was complicit in allowing the trade and creation of child pornography.  Teen Second Life allows younger users to join in on the fun of Second Life, ostensibly without fear of sexual predators.  The original Second Life program and game are strictly for ages 18 and up, while Teen Second Life allows users between the ages of 13 and 18. 
 
While the original Second Life was created as a social networking entertainment site, it quickly became an area of free trade of adult material.  While this material does not normally break any laws or infringe on anyone’s rights, many parents do not want their children exposed to such material.  While the first amendment’s protection of free speech allows mature content, a line is crossed when the material of a sexual nature involves children.
 
It is illegal in most countries to create, distribute, sell, or facilitate the distribution or creation of child pornography.  There will always be those people out there that do it anyway, but it is the job of the parent to steer their children away from it.  Teen Second Life does not allow any content of a mature nature, whether it be nudity, strong language, or graphic violence.  It also requires the completion of an age verification process to prove that the user is actually between the ages of 13 and 18.  This is done with the use of an SMS enable phone or a PayPal account. 
 
Users who are found in violation of the age restrictions on either game are either transferred to the appropriate grid, or banned from playing, forfeiting all accumulated land and wealth.  Once the user of Teen Second Life reaches the age of 18, all land, owned materials, and wealth belonging to that character, or avatar, are automatically transferred to Second Life.  If the switch is made involuntarily, such as the discovery of a user of inappropriate age, all personal wealth is forfeit. 
 
Children are not allowed on Second Life, but to some extent, adults can be allowed on Teen Second Life.  This is a somewhat rare occasion, but many educators and non-profit groups have representatives that go into Teen Second Life in order to promote or foster a learning environment geared toward that age group.  Adults who are allowed access to the protected world of Teen Second Life are called approved adults.  They go through a criminal background check and are only allowed in certain areas of the game once they are in. 
 
As far as the safety of Teen Second Life residents is concerned, the dedicated environment offers plenty of it in the form of restrictions on behavior and language.  In the adult version of the game, characters are allowed, and often do, engage in virtual sex with other characters.  Users can also create avatars that may be sexually suggestive, or exchange pictures over the network that may be of a sexually charged nature.  Once people started including children as the subjects of these photographs or sexual fantasies, the creators had to draw the line.  Teen Second Life allows a younger crowd access to the same kind of online community as adults without having to worry about whether or not the person they are chatting with is actually a sexual predator in disguise. 
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Lawrence