Child protection

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The following is a proposed Wikimedia policy. References or links to this page should not describe it as an effective "policy". The proposal is under discussion.

Policies and guidelines Child protection policy and guidelines
Currently, the draft terms of use define basic restrictions on behavior on the projects, and some individual wikis have local policies or drafts addressing child protection (English Wikipedia, Commons). The text discussed here has been drawn primarily from these sources.

The Wikimedia terms of use lists the following activities as inappropriate uses of the sites, and grounds for being blocked:

Misusing Our Services for Other Illegal Purposes
  • Posting child pornography or any other content that violates applicable law concerning child pornography;
  • Posting or trafficking in obscene material that is unlawful under applicable law; and
  • Using the services in a manner that is inconsistent with applicable law.
Violating the Privacy of Others
  • Soliciting personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose or violating any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors.

The Wikimedia community further adds that editors who attempt to use Wikimedia projects to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult–child relationships, who advocate inappropriate adult–child relationships, or who identify themselves as pedophiles, will be indefinitely blocked. Editors so blocked may appeal via the usual channels.

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