Over the years, I have seen IMVU make many changes and continue to change for the better.
IMVU is great in many ways and myself have learned a lot from it.
When it comes to matters of the heart, nothing is simple.
So the real question to be asking yourself is not whether you are in the friend zone but whether the friend zone exists at all.
My aunt also use's it and it is a great way for us to keep in touch and a lot of other close friends.
She allows her children to use it and controls everything they do on IMVU.
You teach them about the dangers over the internet, as well.
You can't be there all the time and it's up to you to warn them ahead of time of the consequences of the decisions they could make.
There is a lot of stigma that if you come off poorly initially then you will end up friend zoned and out of luck.
While this may seem like it is backed up empirically through past experiences and through peer information, a lot of that is entirely false.
This is also often indicative of a good friendship.
It is possible that neither you nor they wish to ruin a strong friendship when acquiring close friends is so difficult to do.
I am 22 and have been using IMVU for about 5 years and have seen just about everything. There are millions of people using this program and even more on the internet alone.