Second Life is a 3D virtual world created by its users. Second Life users can create, buy, and sell anything they can imagine, socialise with people around the world and enjoy live events and gaming activities.
Website URL: www.secondlife.com
Second Life is available to people over the age of 16. Second Life will not create an account for anyone who lists their age as under 16.
Right: an example of Second Life's message if you list your age as under 16.
Second Life includes designated regions which are restricted by maturity:
Educational organisations can develop personal regions in Second Life. These organisations can bring 13–15 year-olds into the virtual world, but they are limited to the spaces owned by those organisations.
By creating an account, you agree to comply with Second Life's Terms of Service.
By default, Second Life's privacy settings are set so most of your information can be seen by everyone. Second Life allows you to adjust your privacy settings to control what information you share, and who you share it with.
You can adjust your privacy settings for the following sections:
To access these privacy settings, you can:
Right: an example of how to adjust Second Life's privacy settings.
Second Life's Community Standards outline the behavioural guidelines that apply to Second Life, the Second Life forums and the Second Life website.
You can report violations of the Community Standards using the Report Abuse tool located under the Help menu in Second Life Viewer (the software used to access Second Life). When the Report Abuse tool is selected a window will open displaying a snapshot of what is onscreen at that moment and relevant identifying information.
Right: an example of how to report cyberbullying or abuse on Second Life.
Once the window opens:
Second Life reviews these abuse reports; the identity of the reporter is kept strictly confidential.
More information on how to report inappropriate content is available at Second Life's File an Abuse Report page.
Second Life allows you to block communication from a user or object. When you block a user or object you cannot see text chat, hear voice chat, or receive instant messages from that person or object.
To block a:
Second Life is free to join and use. For a fee, you can upgrade your membership to access additional features. More information is available at Second Life's Accounts page.
You can buy and sell virtual goods, services and land created in Second Life. Second Life has its own virtual currency, called the Linden dollar or L$. Linden dollars can be purchased with real money, or earned in Second Life.
Right: an example of Second Life's Memberships page.
More information is available at Shopping in Second Life.