As we announced in August, Linden Lab has been planning on closing the Teen Grid of Second Life at the end of this year due to lack of support and sustainability for the youth-only virtual space. What was not so certain was who was being brought into the Main (adult) Grid.
Originally it was announced that only 16-17 year olds were being brought over. But Linden Lab has revised that policy and has come up with a plan for younger residents as young as 13 years old to come into the Main Grid, in a limited way. Here's what Terrence Linden explained on their blog:
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.
This is exciting new for Global Kids, since we work with young people from a range of ages, often in conjunction with other adult educators and experts. Of course, I was already excited about the Teen Grid transition. So now I'm doubly-stoked.