Wikipedia:Guidance for younger editors
Wikipedia is "the encyclopedia that anyone can edit", but there are some rules. There are no age restrictions for editing Wikipedia or writing new articles; the most important thing is the quality of what you write, the changes you make to what other people have written, and the way you work together with other editors. Most likely you'll need some basic advice, and that's what we hope to give you here. Read on for links to other important pieces of information that are necessary for understanding Wikipedia.
This is an essay.
It contains the advice or opinions of one or more Wikipedia contributors. This page is not an encyclopedia article, nor is it one of Wikipedia's policies or guidelines, as it has not been thoroughly vetted by the community. Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
|The most useful piece of advice is never give out any personally identifiable information (name, age, location, school, IP address) on Wikipedia – or anywhere else publicly available on the Internet – even to people you know or think you might know in real life. Some sites have ways of restricting access to your personal information; most, including Wikipedia, do not.|
|If you suspect a minor has posted their personal information on Wikipedia, please follow the process detailed at Wikipedia:Requests for oversight.|
|This page in a nutshell: Welcome to Wikipedia!
Parents, guardians, teachers, and other adults may benefit from reading this page as well as Wikipedia:Advice for parents. There is also a development area at Wikipedia:Child protection. Read more about privacy, confidentiality and discretion on Wikipedia.