Iris Ophelia's ongoing take on etiquette & ethics in virtual spaces
Child avatars and SL families are issues that never fail to divide the Second Life community sharply. Some people love them, some hate them, some accept them but don't want to be anywhere near them. No matter what your stance, it's undeniable that there's a whole world of ethical issues to consider.
I found SL families by accident and now I want to switch to being a child avatar all the time, but my friends don't think I'm serious about this. What is the best way to "come out of the closet" to them?
People often find what they need emotionally in real life after spending time in Second Life, andin the metaverse we're often less encumbered by the things that keep us from meeting these needs in RL. So if this is something you want to explore, you should. While a few bad apples have given many people a sour opinion of child avatars, most are really just people who just want to enjoy the innocent nostalgia of childhood.
Start wearing your new avatar more often so your friends will get used to it. You're still the same friend you always were, even if your avatar changes, and any friend worth keeping should come to realize that eventually.
Keep reading for three more questions that aren't just child's play!