Without ever being standardized or including age, there is a social
tradition called the "Friendly space policy" adopted by many Wikimedia
events. Here is one instance:

The idea is that in-person Wikimedia events should be safe and welcoming to
everyone. It does not mention age in this iteration.

In practice, this policy and derivations have been used to promote positive
behavioral norms in imitation of those developed by Western diversity
training and sensitivity training traditions.

I would like for the "Friendly space policy" to continue to be developed
into a short, easy-to-read behavioral guideline which can be adopted by
anyone for in-person events and which guide online behavior. I would like
for policies like that child protection policy to serve as more nuanced
backing of the intent of the friendly space policy.

I favor development of best practices not only for the sake of the
Wikimedia community, but also to set standards which can be adopted by
other groups. Developing these kinds of policies has proven to be a lot
more complicated than anyone anticipated but I think our community is
positioned to come to consensus about what suits many people.

With regard to the child protection policy - beyond connecting that to a
friendly space policy, I wish that there could be some kind of support for
harassment of people in any context. I would like for some minimal plan to
be made to receive harassment complaints of any kind then to refer people
to whatever services are available, or to tell them that no services are
available. For my own interests I wanted this with regard to LGBT related
harassment on Wikipedia, but I know that harassment of women is also a
problem, and if we develop a youth policy then I think it would be useful
to combine all the concerns of the stakeholders into one place in which
anyone can present their report and have it considered, whatever that means.


On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On 23 May 2014 13:05, Wil Sinclair <w...@wllm.com> wrote:
> > Is the following a full statement of Wikipedia's Child Protection
> > Policy, reflecting all responsibilities that the Wikipedia community
> > and the Wikimedia Foundation have taken on to protect children in all
> > of the projects they are involved with and/or sponsor?
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Child_protection
> >
> > Are there any other *published* policies of WP or the WMF pertaining
> > to child protection that I might have missed?
> >
> > I know that this is a very politically charged issue in the WP
> > community. I'd appreciate a high light:heat ratio if anyone has
> > comments beyond links to current policy statements.
> >
> > Thanks!
> > ,Wil
> >
> English Wikipedia policy:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Child_protection
> The existence of a 'formalized' policy has been a topic of heated debate
> since its creation, although there is some truth that its original form
> more or less documented existing practice at the time.
> Risker/Anne
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