Porn in the supposedly 'no adult content" areas
All the reviews on common sense media were old, and upon reviewing the rules for Second Life, I gained the impression that things had changed and that there were now adult areas for those over 18 and "general" areas that were adult content free: "General" areas in Second Life do not advertise or make available content or activity that's sexually explicit, violent or depict nudity. As we've also often said, General regions are areas where you'd feel free to say and do things that you'd be comfortable saying and doing in front of your grandmother, or a grade school class. Institutions such as universities, conference organizers, teen-friendly Second Life merchants, and real world businesses, for instance, often operate General-rated regions" - quoted from the Second Life online guide.
My teen daughter and I decided to check it out, as she loves Sims4 and this seemed like a possible online setting that was similar and allowed distance play with friends as well as selling custom content, which she currently creates for Sims4.
We finished our orientations and within 5 minutes of exiting the orientation and trying to figure out what to do next - and this is in the supposedly clean general area - we were suddenly assaulted by a multitude of flying images of senior men performing oral sex on each other accompanied by music. The images were everywhere, so essentially floating all over both of our computer screens, and there was no way to stop or block it. As newbies we stood there (in SL, or sat here on the couch real world) completely horrified. I immediately had my daughter close the program while I tried to figure out if there was a mechanism to contact a moderator, file a complaint, something.
You cannot file a complaint without a user name - I have no idea who caused that to happen. This is so blatantly against their self proclaimed rules and supposed segregation of areas. I was also considering using the Second Life program to supplement teaching in a course (I teach online for a university) as I've read several articles about how it augmented lessons on the online environment. There is no possible way I can ever consider doing such a thing after this experience - what if that had occurred to a student shortly after setting up their online presence and before they managed to go to the designated class area? We were literally just outside the "you've finished your orientation" area, so an area where all persons new to Second Life initially go.
Summary: This company is unable (or unwilling) to enforce their own rules allowing inappropriate adult material into ALL areas with no recourse, no means of reporting, no moderators to contact for assistance - nothing. This is absolutely in no way family friendly for any age. In fact, as an adult woman I don't consider it female friendly either.
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