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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 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:

  • Posting child pornography or any other content that violates applicable law concerning child pornography;
  • 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.

Editors who attempt to use Wikimedia projects to pursue these activities will be indefinitely blocked from all projects.

Reporting concerns[edit]

Reports of editors engaged in such conduct should be made to the WMF at:

Email reports are preferred, as public comments suggesting a contributor is engaging in such conduct may be considered libel, or may involve unacceptable privacy issues for the editor or for a minor. Such comments can be removed by any editor, and may be deleted.

Local policies[edit]

Some wikis have local policies about this.

Wikipedia: policies exist on the Arabic, Catalan, English, Farsi, Indonesian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese wikis. They share text that says roughly:

Editors who attempt to use Wikipedia to pursue or facilitate inappropriate adult–child relationships, who advocate inappropriate adult–child relationships (e.g. by expressing the view that inappropriate relationships are not harmful to children), or who identify themselves as pedophiles, will be blocked indefinitely.

Some go no further, others have additional details.

See also[edit]