By now – after a bit of a false start – pretty much every teen account between 16 and 17 years of age has been migrated to adult Second Life.

Younger teens (13-15 years old) have either been suspended until their 16th birthday, or have been locked away on the private estate of a sponsor; At least that is assuming there are actually any sponsors. It isn’t clear if any have been approved at this time, and a Linden Lab spokesperson led me to believe that (as of December) there were not any as at that time and that the sponsorship system would come later.

Also, I don’t have any information right at this moment as to the exact status of adult teen grid accounts. There certainly were some, educators and the like. My assumption is that they’ve been given the transfer treatment as well, but I suppose that it is equally possible that they’ve been forgotten, since the Lab never seems to mention them.

As a reminder, there is no indication as to whether a user is a teen or an adult. Given that the number of teen accounts is probably dwarfed by the 12,000 or so new adult Second Life accounts per day, it would be hard to single out an account and definitively identify it as a teen account unless the account-holder wished you to.

Also, don’t expect population or concurrency statistics to jump at all as a result of this migration. I believe that the figures we see for Second Life have included the Teen Second Life figures since 2006.

In any case, the sims of Teen Second Life should appear on the map when the map-system updates next (usually somewhere between 2am and 6am, US Pacific time). They’ve always been there in a corner of the adult grid, just not normally visible.

Say goodbye to Teen Second Life. As a concept, it’s gone. A victim of excessive neglect, it’s probably better that it be shut down rather than carry on in the fashion that it was.

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