My name is KimKa. I play a five (almost six!) year old on Second Life. I have been a child for about a year now.
I chose to be a child in Second Life for a few reasons. One reason was my desire for a family. In RL (real life) I have been an orphan for a long time. I don’t have much family that is alive. I missed the bond that can only be explained as family. I especially missed having parents. Also, I am disabled. Due to my disability, I function better as a child.
There are many ups and downs to being a child in Second Life. I will give a brief overview of some of these for you now, and more to come in a later article!
I’ll start with a few of the negatives. I have had to deal with rude people who, as an example, feel anyone playing the game as a child is a freak. There have been griefers (people who actually try to make you miserable enough to quit). There have been failed families, inworld financial difficulties, moves, sibling rivalry and jealousy, abuse and neglect. Life is not always fair or easy in either Real Life or Second Life. These are things you may have to deal with if you choose to play as a child in Second Life.
There are some amazing positives, though. There are parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. There are hugs, kisses, playtime, being read to and tucked in at night. There is the feeling of knowing someone cares about you and will be there for you. There are fun places to go. There are even schools to attend. Wait, shouldn’t that be a negative? There are homes, hobbies and pets. The list just keeps going on … trust me.
Life as a child in Second Life is not always easy or perfect. It can have some amazing rewards, though. If you choose to be a child in Second Life, please do so with your eyes open. It won’t always be sunshine and roses. I ask you this, though, how do you truly appreciate the good if you don’t also experience a little bit of bad?
I hope that this has helped you in your decision making process. It is a difficult and serious decision to make. I wish you the best of luck in Second Life, whether you choose to be a kid, an adult, or a robot (or something else entirely!)