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From time to time we have a member or visitor to our lands ask us why we are G-rated and "family friendly" on a grid that requires users to be 18 years of age or older.

The answer begins with a definition. What does family-friendly mean?

 

At its most basic level of course, family-friendly means suitable for children.  But it goes beyond that.  Look around at Elf Clan lands.  Notice the beauty, diversity and harmony of these lands.  Look at how the people here behave in contrast to elsewhere in virtual reality.  Look at the popularity of Elf Clan, and ask yourself, Why are people attracted to this group?

 
The reason is simple:  family-friendly isn't just for children.  There are many adults who appreciate family-friendly values.   Some of my favorite movies are family-friendly.  In truth, family-friendly is society-friendly. It has been stated by wise men that the core of society is the family.  Historically as the family degraded morally and ethically, so did the society.  This was a principle that was recognized when we first founded Elf Clan and wrote its charter.  If you want a socially healthy group, instill family-friendly values.

 

Something I find humorous (well, not really, it's more tragic than humorous), is the use of the terms Mature and Adult in regard to behavior that is decidedly immature and not adult.  In my view mature means having gained a bit of wisdom during one's life, and adult means the exercise of that wisdom.  What it does not mean is "doing whatever we want, no matter how questionable or dangerous, because we're grown-ups".  That is not the course of maturity.  Many Elf Clan members understand and agree; I've heard others make the same comment.

 

True maturity means making decisions that are not just for our own good, because we want to, but for the good of our neighbors and society as a whole, because it is beneficial and right.   It means being unselfish enough and flexible enough to bend to the greater good rather than insisting on our own opinions.  That is where "family-friendly" comes in.  No, Inworldz is not a PG or G rated grid.  It is widely known that Elf Clan is fairly unique in its openly-stated G-rating.  However do not believe we are alone.   Other region-owners have contacted me and stated their regions are basically G-rated too.  One person requested a copy of our "G-Rated" sign so she could put it up at her non-Elf Clan sim.   Several of our member lands joined Elf Clan because they were already "g-rated" and wanted to make that stance official by joining our family-friendly cluster.

 

G-Rated, Family-Friendly means that we have decided to make our society stronger through exercise of sensible values.  Rather than being a "childish" stance, it is a stance that is truly mature.  It is recognition that the attitude and activities of our members will affect our group as a whole.  It is a statement of the kind of people and lands we want to be.  The result of that decision is visible in our lands, in the conduct of our people, in the harmony and friendliness of our residents.  Visitors regularly remark at how friendly and hospitable we are, and how much they enjoy exploring our creations.  We are conscious of our relationship with our neighbors, so we build in a manner to compliment theirs.  We are aware of our responsibility to our society as a whole, so we conduct ourselves with honor, respect and friendship.  And while there may not be children/minors among us due to the 18+ requirement of Inworldz, it is good to know that our lands nevertheless present a family-friendly environment for the benefit of all our members.

Family-friendly means acceptable to the parents in our group.  It means acceptable to those who shun the often-questionable activities found elsewhere in VR.   G-rated means have some class and show some consideration for others... in speech, in dress, in conduct.  It means that we exercise modesty among a truly polite society that puts harmony and honor above all.  That principle has served us well for years.  The Eldar have no intent of changing the positive influence of those policies any time soon... nor would our members want us to.   Family-friendly is what makes Elf Clan Elf Clan.

 

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Comment by Oona Sharple on August 20, 2012 at 10:06am

Hey ! Oona is a kid .. heeee

Oona agrees.Familee friendly is wut Oona wants.Den Oona not has to worrie about anythin unpleasant.

Oona not dis much in Inworldz,but is a lot in SL.Has many familee members dere.

Acchully,Oona has 5 mamas and 4 papas :D 

Luckie is Oona heeee

One of da familees has a G rated sim.And it kinda like Elf Clan as Oona remembers it in SL.Wif Star Wars and things like dat.Oona always has a good time dere.

Anodder familee has 1/4 Moderate sim.But it G rated dere inside dese parcels almost all day.

Da grown ups dress pretteh and talk pretteh.And dere is a cuss jar.Any grown up dat cusses has to donate 100L$ to da cuss jar and 100L$ to each kid dat present.So,dere not much cussin hehe

Between 12 am and 4 am,none of da kids allowed in da skybox,but Oona knows it mostly coz dey not cussed all day and needs to lol

Oh and after 12 am is when da primbabies comes out :P  Ahhh ! Who wanna be dere den? 

Most of da kids asleep den anyways,but if we awake,dere is 7 seas,Greedie and odder stuffs fer us to play wif down below.And dat area ALWAYS G rated:) Has 3 sets of parents in dis area.

Oona's first mama in SL has a full Moderate sim.But it familee friendly.Da whole sim is Tolkien and Lord of da Rings inspired.

Da peeps dat rents dere all friendly Elfs:)

But dere odder places Oona goes too.Different clubs dat in Moderate sims.And even if it Moderate,dey has rules.If sumone breaks dose rules and brings in wut LL now wants in Adult sims,dese peeps will be tolds to either change clothes or act decent.

So it kinda more PG or PG-13 or sumthin as sum "adult content" is allowed.

Still,Oona likes it more in da familee friendly places :)

Comment by Kasha Selona on January 20, 2013 at 8:04am

It's my choice to live in a G rated area. I am a fully grown adult, I can go to an Adult sim have a look about.... and then leave, go home to my peace and quiet. Again My choice:)) 

Comment by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 20, 2013 at 10:03am

Exactly Kasha.   Well-stated; the point precisely.  G-rated regions do tend to be considerably more peaceful and harmonious... which is the whole concept behind Elf Clan and its family-friendly environment. : )

Comment by Wayfinder Wishbringer on January 20, 2013 at 10:12am

Oh and I just read Oona's post (don't know how I missed it before).   Yes, I remember now that "Mature" has been changed to "Moderate"... which may or may not be exactly accurate but at least it's not a misnomer. : )

I remember Oona that for ages you've lived in actual "family" environments in VR... with a Poppa and Momma and the "kids" running around (some of whom were actually full-grown pixies, but basically is the same thing).  So you're well acquainted with the advantages of a VR family environment.  It provides a "safe haven", as Kasha points out-- a place to go home to peace and quiet.  (Well, maybe not peace and quiet in Oona's case.)  :D

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