Linden Lab Welcomes Teen Grid Orgs To The Main Grid

Terrence Linden published today that Linden Lab will be Welcoming Teen Grid Organizations to the Main Grid. It’s been just over a month since Linden Lab announced the plans to shut down the Teen Grid on 31st December 2010. That blog post received 1, 750 comments from the Second Life community and also received 32, 159 views since then. I can remember the days when SL blog comments were limited to 100 but with 1, 000 comments it’s rather laggy to scroll through all the comments.

Back in August 2010 Linden Lab were still “evaluating” ways for 13-15 olds to have safe access to limited locations on the Main Grid. Since then there have been a number of meetings, discussions to enable there to be better solutions for the upcoming Teen Second Life Transition to the main grid. Non-profit and educational orgs have been keeping in touch with Linden Lab to understand their needs and measures.

Important New Changes

  • Today, we are excited to tell you that we will be able to continue serving all of the educational and not-for-profit communities of the Teen Grid, including those that serve 13- to 15-year-olds, without an interruption in service.
  • I’m happy to say that we are able to meet these needs, and allow 13- to 15-year-olds access to limited locations on the main grid, with appropriate controls for administrators. We will implement these controls and transfer these rich and exciting projects from Teen Second Life before the end of this year.
  • The 13- to 15-year-old students affiliated with these organizations will be unable to visit any regions except those of their hosting organization, and those accounts will not have the ability to search the Grid or to purchase items from the Marketplace.

Within the next three months there will be more announcements from Linden Lab I think until the final date of closure of TSL. Again this latest announcement is a small step forward in the right direction at the moment. There is the Teen Second Life Transition FAQ for more information.

What do you think about this latest announcement  ?


Author: Daniel Voyager

Second Life

4 thoughts on “Linden Lab Welcomes Teen Grid Orgs To The Main Grid”

  1. I think letting teens formally into the adult grid has no chance of working. If the teens can cam off the PG areas and watch me lay naked in my hot tub in my house in M, it is legally no different than my emailing pics of my privates to them as far as the law goes. I don’t even have to know little Timmy is there — my butt goes to the butt raping place in RL when his parents call their district attorney. All for the heinous crime of lounging naked in my hot tub in my home in my parcel on M land where it’s pointedly acceptable behavior.

    You cannot mix teens into the adult grid this way. If they can see anything on M or A land then there WILL be lawsuits and jail sentences. The wacko fundies around the country will make absolutely certain of that. “Oh, Second Life has naked pictures in it, and it’s offered as a free game to 16 year olds!! Grab your bibles and your torches boys!!”


  2. You guys on main grid have a continent called Zindra right? Where all of your adult regions are? Do you think maybe most of the concerns might be resolved if all of the mature regions are moved into their own continent as well? Perhaps another good idea would be to put a filter in the marketplace dependng on your age. I checked out the beta marketplace and was surprised that, even when logged in, I was still able to view all of the adult content available for purchase. This could be something LL should think about to avoid any complications in the near future.


  3. @shockwave: Thanks for your comment.

    @Blaze Borgin: Yes, that’s right. I don’t know what LL will do near to the time of the deadline, as there will be new announcements in coming weeks about TG/MG.


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