The Age Verification feature (now available in beta) will be included in our release candidate today. This means that estate and parcel owners can now voluntarily flag their land if it contains adult content, and Residents can choose to access these restricted parcels by verifying that they are, in fact, adults. Age Verification is the latest of a number of tools and services to help Residents control and manage their own Second Life experiences.
As we’ve blogged several times before, age verification is strictly voluntary for Residents and landowners. Residents who do not choose to age-verify and don’t visit land marked by the landowner as restricted to age-verified Residents, will see no difference in their Second Life experiences.
If you choose to age-verify, simply go to www.secondlife.com/account/verification.php and follow the on-screen instructions. Also, you will be able to age-verify multiple alt accounts, none of which will be visible in your profile.
For Estate Owners & Parcel Owners
Enforcing age verification on estates and parcels is voluntary.
Upon launch, the default setting will be to continue to allow all adults (verified and unverified) to access your land. We do encourage estate and parcel owners with adult-oriented content and activities (e.g. of an excessively violent or graphic sexual nature) to flag their land to be restricted to age-verified adults. Based on feedback from you and Concierge landowners on our first prototype, you’ll also see that we’ve made several changes to improve access management.
Whether you’re a Resident or landowner, age verification provides more confidence that in areas that require age verification, you are not engaging with minors in any inappropriate behaviors or providing them access to adult-oriented content.
Second Life is a platform that offers Residents around the world the ability to create content that is mature, sometimes uniquely so. As we continue to develop and improve this feature, we have to be sensitive to the complex social, cultural, legal and regulatory issues that go with being a global platform.
During the beta program, Age Verification is free to all estate and parcel owners and free to all Residents. No end date has been set for the beta.
Finally, since this is a beta feature, you may experience bugs or delays though we have every hope they will be minimal. We ask for your patience as we improve the functionality to be as smooth and user-friendly as possible. If you have issues, please utilize the Second Life Support Portal.
Thanks again for your feedback and helping us create the tools which shape your Second Life experience.