Seeing as the now Tarpitted discussion has brought out pretty much every major Wikipedia editor from long-time editors to arbitrators, maybe now you all will realize it is time to take proactive steps to defend children editors on Wikipedia rather than sweeping it on the rug and saying that it is only the parents'/guardians' responsibility? Have any of you learned anything from this?
Without going into complete details, during this whole kerfuffle, I noticed a young Wikipedian declaring his age on his user page and a prominent adult (I assume adult) editor repeating the young man's age on AN. I had to ask for it to be suppressed. Yet how many instances of young editors declaring their age do not go unsuppressed or reported? Look at Simple Wikipedia. If I were a pedophile, it would be a garden for me there!
All Foundation-supported projects need to require editors to be 18 and older with technical solutions and administrative backing to ensure this is enforced. Do any of you honestly think that any Wikimedia Community will back this? The English Wikipedia Community? This will have to be done through an order from the Wikimedia Foundation if these Communities will not take steps to help keep children safe. Yes, parents and guardians and the children themselves have a responsibility, but it is our responsibility as human beings to look out for one another, especially vulnerable individuals and groups like children who do not always make the best or wisest decisions.
Is anything going to change now on Wikipedia to address this? What say you long-time editors, administrators, and arbitrators? Mmm? What say you?