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BBC wants to launch children’s version of Second Life

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The BBC is developing a version of Second Life for children aged between seven and 12 years old. Users will have access to content appropriate for their age and will be able to create their own world by sharing it with the rest of the community.

The aim is to create a safe application where children can give free rein to their imagination and create a world of their own while creating their own audiovisual content. In order to protect users, users will be excluded from chats and financial transactions, as in the «original» version of the program.

Richard Deverell, responsible for the area, says that this will be a space where the youngest can find «radio, television and other content on-demand«specially designed with them in mind.

Considered by BBC Children, the division responsible for the initiative, as a «cross platform» aimed at «a generation that was born in the digital age», the application should be available from the summer of this year, although its official launch is scheduled for the Autumn.

The financial value of the project is unknown and it remains to be determined whether the application will be developed in partnership with Linden Lab, responsible for the creation of Second Life.

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