From the New York Times:
Presleigh Montemayor often gets home after a long day and spends some time with her family. Then she logs onto the Internet, leaving the real world and joining a virtual one. But the digital utopia of Second Life is not for her. Presleigh, who is 9 years old, prefers a Web site called Cartoon Doll Emporium.
Dress up dolls include BeyoncÃ© Knowles, from Stardoll, and Rudolph Giuliani, from Cartoon Doll Emporium.
The site lets her chat with her friends and dress up virtual dolls, by placing blouses, hair styles and accessories on them. It beats playing with regular Barbies, said Presleigh, who lives near Dallas.
â€œWith Barbie, if you want clothes, it costs money,â€ she said. â€œYou can do it on the Internet for free.â€