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Recently LL made changes to the ToS... some I am not so sure on or comfortable with. One thing that was unclear to me though was what is the current "minimum IRL age for players of SL" now. If i'm adminning a sim I'd need to know if someone under 13 is allowed cause all the ToS states is that if they are under 13 LL wants to collect information if they are participating in contests but i'm not sure how that fits into the age requirement or anything. It almost sounds like well 13 year olds are allowed and even under 13 year olds are allowed in G-sims. There was a small section that said well you can join SL only with parent supervision between 13-15.

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See Linden Lab Official: Teens in Second Life.

In brief, 

Second Life is generally for adults 18 years and older; however, if you are 13 years of age or older you can use Second Life with some restrictions. If you're:

years old you can access regions and search results that have a General maturity rating.

years old, you can access Second Life through an affiliated organization and will be restricted to the private estate of that organization. Only avatars approved by that organization will be able to enter these estates. You can't use Second Life search or purchase items from the Marketplace.

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I think its pretty clear what the ToS says about age. Here is the required part:

3.1 Age Requirements for the Service.

By accepting this Agreement, you represent that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age and you have the legal authority to enter into this Agreement. If you are at least thirteen (13) years of age and less than eighteen (18) years of age, then your parent or legal guardian must read and accept this Agreement, your use of the Service, participating in the Service, and providing any personal information in connection with the Service on your behalf.

To create an account there must be a person, who is at least 18 years old. Thats the required age to accept the ToS. This person can either be the accountholder or a parent. The child in question must be 13 or older.

This is the answer to one of your questions: Children under the age of 13 aren't allowed in Second Life.

The next part refers to where an accountholder under the age of 18 can be:

Under 18 Users. If you are less than eighteen (18) years of age (or the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction, if greater), then you may access the General area of the Service in accordance with our Maturity Guidelines.

If the person in question is under 18, they are only allowed on G sims.

What you are totally misreading is another part. The part about children under the age of 13. I don't know why you came to the conclusion, you, as a normal resident has any new duties on this topic. You have nothing new to do. This part is entirly about the possibility that LL makes a contest (we are NOT talking about any resident-made contest) and a child under the age of 13 wants to participate. The following sentences are about what data LL collect and how they will handle them and what parents can or need to do.

You as a sim manager are not even slightly included into this part of the ToS. You don't have any new responsibilities that go behond keeping your sim within its age-rating (G,M or A). You have no technical ability to controll the age of the people visiting. You are nobodies nanny and you are not LL datacollector.

Here is the part from the ToS:

Under 13 Users. Certain limited aspects of the Service (for instance, Linden Lab’s Blocksworld application) may be directed toward children under the age of thirteen (13) (or such age as determined by local law; in the following, the age thirteen (13) is used for ease of reference). When a child under the age of thirteen (13) contacts Linden Lab, for example to participate in a contest or to ask a question, we may collect that child's email address and the e-mail address of the child's parent or guardian. We will use the child's e-mail address only for the purpose for which it was collected, and we will use the e-mail address of the parent(s) or guardian(s) only to provide notification about the child's contact with us, and to provide notification of the types and uses of personal data collected, if and as required by law.

As a parent or guardian of a child under the age of thirteen (13) from whom we have collected personal data, you have the right to review and request deletion of such personal data, and to refuse to permit further collection or use of such personal data. To do so, please contact us at privacy@lindenlab.com. Parents and guardians who wish to review personal data concerning their child(ren) will be required to specify the usernames and passwords of the child(ren) concerned, and to provide their own e-mail address for verification and contact purposes.

We cannot and will not establish conditions that will require or encourage children to disclose personal data over and above what is reasonably necessary to participate in any activity features on our web sites.

Children under thirteen (13) years of age are allowed to participate in contests. However, if such a child wins, notification will be sent to the parent or guardian's e-mail address (provided by the child when he/she enters the contest). Also, we will not ask the child for any personal data beyond e-mail addresses without obtaining prior parental consent. Any personal data obtained from children and parents during contests will be kept until the contest ends and prizes are delivered, and then it will be deleted.

If any online activity offered by us will allow children under the age of thirteen (13) to reveal personal data publicly (for example via un-moderated forums), we will obtain parental consent before allowing the child to participate.



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