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Showing posts with label report abuse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label report abuse. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Cracking Down on Sketchy Age Play Establishments and Pedophilia Activity in SL– Camury Reporting

Pedophilia is among the diseases classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) between the disorders of sexual preference. Pedophiles are adults (men or women) who have sexual preference for children - girls or boys at the same sex or the opposite sex, usually pre-pubescent (who have not reached puberty) or at the beginning of puberty, according to WHO.
Pedophiles often use the Internet for the ease it offers to find their victims. In Second Life, as well as in other social networks, the pedophile can hide behind the profile to act seductively and win the trust of minors. So it is very important not to disclose personal data on the Internet, such as last name, address, phone number and photos, which can end up in the hands of bad guys. Especially in Second Life, to recognize pedophiles is a difficult task, because often they are people who give no specific reason for suspicion. There are no clues on their profile, so it must be careful not to raise false accusations against innocent people, giving them suspicious lightly.

You should be aware that children Avatars are not perverts or underage users. Many people use child avi’s to enjoy the innocence of being a child again. Do not be too hasty in considering an avatar child as a real person, a minor. You should only report abuse if you see someone clearly playing a sexual situation between an adult and a child avatar. Still should note that many people in Second Life have a youthful appearance, but are not child avatars. The only 'age play' which is prohibited in Second Life is sexual age play. Making your avatar younger than you really are in real life, it is not prohibited.
We know that in Second Life there are different maturity levels that determine the type of content and behavior allowed in a region, affecting the searches results. The regions are classified into three levels of content: General, Moderate and Adult. To access the search results and adult areas, the resident must be at least 18 years old.

A region designated as General cannot advertise or otherwise make available content or sexually explicit activity, violence or contains nudity. Objects with a sexual purpose such as "sex beds" or "pose balls" cannot be placed or sold in General regions.
A region designated as moderate, in Second Life, includes most of the non-adult common activities. Nightclubs, bars, shops, malls, galleries, music concerts, beaches, parks, etc. Different places to socialize, create and learn can be called Moderate. These regions are not allowed to publicly promote adult content or adult activities.

A region designated as Adult in Second Life can provide to residents sexually explicit content or constitutes intense violence or drug use.
Although Second Life is considered a game for adults, aged 18 or more; a teenager can get access, with some restrictions:
* 13-15 years old: Access to Second Life is permitted by means of an affiliated organization and will be restricted to private property of that organization. Only approved avatars by this organization will be able to get these properties. You may not access other areas of Second Life, seek or buy market items.

* 16-17 years old: Access to second life is permitted in regions and search results that have a General maturity rating.

We know, however, that although there are rules, they are not spontaneously followed by children and teenagers and they can be easily skipped.

The educational presence of a parent or guardian is very important. We must always be aware of the websites and videogames accessed by children and teenagers. Some reminders are important to the parents:
* Keep the computer in a common area of the house and its screen visible;
* Observe the minor's activities on the Internet, know the rules of Second Life or other games and frequented websites;
* Ask them to read what the child or teen writes and publishes on his blog, in chat rooms, on Facebook, in Second Life, etc. These are open doors to any person with good or bad intentions;
* meet the virtual friends of your son or daughter. Make sure that your child does not arrange to meet with people over the Internet without permission. Every day many children and adolescents disappear in the world, because they go to meetings scheduled on the Internet. So it is very important not to accept invitations from strangers and never provide personal information.

Just as we teach young people about the real world we have to guide them in the virtual world. Do your part!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

My Ex won't leave me alone! Why I wish I had a mute button for RL... - Gatz Inoue Martian Reporting

One of the hardest things for people to do in Second Life is to protect their identity, in a world whose very nature is social and promotes closeness and openness sometimes its very hard to gauge what an appropriate amount of personal information to share is.  When love comes into play, this can complicate matters drastically as the person we once thought was the perfect mate now becomes a stalker we can’t get rid of.  Sometimes if real life information has been shared, these people will call us at home or at work and in one case that I heard about actually show up at your door.   

Most of these are edge cases,  they aren’t things that happen to most of us and it’s very likely anything this dramatic will never be encountered in your time in Second Life.  That said, talk to most people in Second Life who have been around any length of time and they will talk about the hurt resulting from relationships turned sour.  In this case, it's often wise to keep some distance between yourself and others.  The question becomes, how can we do this without appearing either overly paranoid or opening ourselves up to being hurt.  The fact is that with the modern Internet and the developments in VOIP and other technologies, it is now possible to be very open and still maintain a healthy level of anonymity.   Let’s take a look at some tools that are free or cost a nominal amount that are designed to give you this layer of protection.  Keep in mind that these services work for me and your mileage may vary,  the inclusion of a service here does not imply endorsement of these services by Second Life, The Second Life Inquirer, or any of its affiliates.

  •  - Tossable Digits can create a phone number in any state in the US and in several countries around the world.  This number is then forwarded to another number of your choice.  This allows you to share telephone numbers and talk with people and not have to give out your real info.
  • - Like Tossable Digits but more permanent, this let’s you establish a phone number and voice mail for your online persona as well as forward calls to your choice of lines.   
  • - Creating a gmail acount for your online persona is basic and easy,  all the google services base off this so you can have an entire suite of available services that anonymize you.  

  • - A one time email is a very useful thing, you can give it out in a pinch and never have to worry about it again.  This provides a way to give anonymity to a persona that might be role play only or that you might not plan on keeping around long.

  • - Skype is voice over IP and you can create unlimited skype accounts, having one for each persona can be a good idea and this way you have a means to talk with people outside Second Life and still maintain anonymity.  It also provides IM and file sharing.
  • - This program (not free) will allow you to change your voice, so if anonymity is really important you can entierly disguise how you sound.
  • - You can actually create a fake RL persona for your online persona to share.  This service will help you provide something believable, but it's a surface identity so if anyone goes looking into it too deeply they will find nothing.  
  • - This let’s you create disposable cell numbers that can also SMS on the fly.  It can be very useful in a pinch, and allows you to share text/phone information with a person and still pull back if needed.

  • - Allows you to change the outgoing callerid on a number so that you can appear to be someone you’re not.  If you’re going to develop an online persona this can come in pretty handy.

  • - This allows you to unblock callerid, if a person calls from a blocked line it will unblock that line and display the information on whose calling.  There is no way to prevent this so remember when you call someone, you are giving out your callerid information!  See spoofcard above!

As you can see there are a large number of tools available online to aid in the protection of your identity and still allow you to connect with other people.  With a little care and thoughtfulness, it's possible to share means of contact and still duck out of a situation if things get weird or not to your liking.  Remember, anyone harassing you should also have an abuse report filed with Linden Labs regarding the situation as well.  I hope you found this information helpful, and please try to stay safe in the virtual world.

Friday, January 18, 2013

It’s Time To Blow The Whistle On A Disgraceful Sub-culture in Second Life – Lanai Jarrico Reporting…

Second Life is a virtual world where anything is possible. Thousands of people from around the world flock to Second Life every day to engage in role play, business, education, global communication, self promotion, creativity and leisure exploration. Others unfortunately are misguided by dark pleasures and hidden agendas. They are the ones holding Second Life back from being taken seriously. Many real world organizations have pulled out of Second Life due to the shenanigans and distasteful activity that can be easily accessed. So easily, even young children can be potentially exposed to it.

 Where do we draw the line?  Do we turn the other way and keep it movin’ or do we speak up to make SL a better place?