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  Second Life’s “Teen Grid” Now Open  
Posted 2005-04-20 by Tony Walsh
Formerly an adult-only playground, Second Life has added a separate virtual-world grid for youth aged 13-17 years. According to an official announcement by Linden Lab, teens will be gradually invited into this isolated new grid, and will be handed out small groups of invites to relay to their friends. Three Linden reps will preside over the Teen Grid, which will be open from noon until 10pm Pacific Time in the short term, although future expansion of this service window is possible.

According to the Linden announcement, both the standard and Teen grids will be audited to ensure no instant messages or objects pass between the two realms in order to ensure that the teens are not exposed to inappropriate or offensive material. Furthermore, all content uploaded by teens will be monitored (a potentially huge task if the Teen Grid takes off).

Seems like a promising (although labour-intensive) start to Second Life's acceptance of kids onto the grid. I'm looking forward to hearing about what sorts of mayhem the teens get up to, but such stories are likely only to come from the youths themselves--only Linden-approved adults are allowed to roam the Teen Grid.
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Comment posted by 782Naumova
May 5, 2005 @ 12:00 pm
I'm 782 Naumova, a British 14 year old. Last May, I became for a while in cyberculture. I started reading Gibson and the like, and when I watched the Matrix trilogy, I suddenly wondered if such a thing was possible. I was already good with computers, I got a laptop at 11 and I know LibertyBasic and a little VBS.

So anyway, I found what I was looking for- Second Life. But when I realised it was 18 plus, I explained to my parents and convinced them to let me on :P Well, they took it as educational. I mean, that's all it was. I didn't go to clubs or anything.

So I was on Second Life. And I loved it. Noone would realise I was underage, I used to play a MUD where you got killed for having bad grammar, and I can type-touch using perfect grammar now :D So noone would catch me out for having a bad grammar. When I heard about Teen SL, I was excited. I had a few friends who had similar stories, all of them above-average teens. On of them got banned (Look at ). So anyhow I'm packing up my adult-grid Second Life account and I'm leaving for the Teen Grid :D I'd be on now, but it opens at PST midday, and I'm British so I can only go on from 20:00 >.< Well anyway I'm making a group for Adult-grid refugees, and if you're one of them contact me on . I'm planning to start a site anf forum, but I'll need to get a good amount of members before I start. Many thanks, 782
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
May 5, 2005 @ 12:33 pm
Thanks for sharing your story, 782. Interesting stuff -- I hope the Teen Grid proves as enjoyable as the standard SL grid. Good luck with your refugee group, and feel free to post back here to let us know once your site is up.
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