In the virtual world of Second Life, teens tackle real children’s issues
By Rachel Bonham Carter
NEW YORK, USA, 24 January 2007 – Voices of Youth, UNICEF’s own online forum, recently helped reach hundreds of children from around the world with a groundbreaking project in Teen Second Life, the under-18 corner of the increasingly popular online alternative reality, Second Life.
In December, Voices of Youth supplied information and helped to educate Teen Second Life participants in a week-long creative festival based on the ‘World Fit for Children’ declaration on child rights. The declaration was adopted at the 2002 United Nations Special Session on Children.
Designed by children and organized by the New York-based charity Global Kids on their island within Second Life, the cyber-festival centred on a competition to build virtual structures in response to issues raised by the declaration: HIV/AIDS, education, health and child exploitation and abuse.
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of Youth, UNICEF’s own online forum, recently helped reach hundreds of children from around the world with a groundbreaking project in Teen Second Life.