Today Linden Lab announced a change in policy that will allow the 13 – 15 year old students affiliated with Education and not for profit projects to move to isolated regions on the Main Grid of Second Life. Here’s the press release from Second Life’s blogL
It has been several weeks since we announced that Teen Second Life, our Second Life grid for 13- to 17-year-olds, will be closing at the end of this year, and that we would be admitting 16- and 17-year-olds to the main grid. 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.
Since our announcement, we’ve been speaking with many people from the educational and not-for-profit communities in Teen Second Life to better understand their needs and determine what measures would be necessary to create a safe, secure, and collaborative environment for their students and faculty. 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. Unlike on Teen Second Life, adults that work with these students will now be a part of the broader Second Life experience, allowing them to bring rich educational content to their students. The ability to invite organization-approved guest speakers and other approved members of the community to safely interact these students will further enhance their learning experience. For more details, see the Teen Second Life transition wiki page.
We are happy to provide this support for the educational community in Second Life, and we look forward to the community continuing to create innovative and exciting projects!
It remains to be seen exactly how this will be implemented, and I will reserve judgment until I’ve been filled in on the details. This is a positive step in the right direction. IF they can secure these projects and insulate these students from the rest of the Main Grid, this will be the best option at this time considering the deficiencies in most of the other platforms, especially with voice (which is at the core of the PacRimX project). I will post my thoughts as soon as I see all the details for this new plan.