How to Be a Safe and Smart Kid on wikiHow

It's important to be safe and smart anywhere on the Internet. Here are a few considerations while on wikiHow:


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    Understand our Terms of Use.
    • If you are under the age of 13, have your parents fill out, sign and return wikiHow's COPPA Parental Permission Form.
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    • If you are under the age of 13 and you state your age anywhere on wikiHow, your account will be immediately blocked.
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    While on wikiHow, do not reveal personal identifiable information, such as:
    • Your real name
    • Age, birthday or grade at school
    • Home address
    • Email address
    • City of residence
    • Phone number
    • The name of your school
    • Social media profiles (such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter)
    • Names of family members and friends
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    Carefully submit any photos of yourself:
    • Use an image of an animal or object rather than yourself.
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    • Be sure that you are fully-clothed.
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    • Wear sunglasses, look away from the camera or use a silhouette.
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    Do not add an Email address in Preferences.
    • Converse only on your Talk page.
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    • Patrollers and others will monitor conversations. Be sure to keep them wikiHow-related, for the most part.
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    Limit participation in IRC, or even better, do not participate at all. Do not accept invitations to a private chat room.
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    Keep information general.
    • It's okay to talk about hobbies or interests.
    • Speak of your country rather than your city.
    • Speak of your state rather than your town.
    • Do not reveal when you're going on vacation.
    • Do not reveal if you're going to be away from home for a short time.
    • Simply say you do not answer certain questions on the Internet.
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    Recognize trolls. They may insult you to get a response. Just ignore them and report them to the Administrator Notice Board.
    • Contact an Admin if someone continues to harass you.
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  • Be cautious as things are not always as they seem. Someone may be impersonating as a child, just to become more friendly.
  • Do not engage in private "off-site" conversations with other wikiHow editors, where you may reveal information that cannot be monitored.
  • For questions, contact the Help Team or an Admin.
  • If you accidentally reveal personal information, patrollers will remove it for you. They'll also send you a reminder, such as {{Age}}, or {{Under13}}.
  • Do not reveal your school name. Information from the Internet can be used to trick you into believing that someone is a close friend of your family.
  • Regardless of age, all editors should follow these guidelines in order to be safe from those that are very skilled at taking advantage of others.
  • Change your display name if necessary.


  • Fact: 89% of sexual solicitations are made in chat rooms or via instant messages. One in five youths (10-17 years of age) have been sexually solicited online. (JAMA, 2001) Be very careful of this.

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