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Wikipedia for Schools has been checked by staff and volunteers at SOS Children to ensure content is suitable for children . Articles have been manually reviewed for vandalism and inappropriate content such as unsuitable language, themes and topics. We have tried to restrict deletion to content which we felt was gratuitous and not justified by its context. We refrained from removing content where language or detail was relevant to the curriculum, or necessary to an appropriate level of understanding of the subject in question. For instance, some articles on human and animal biology include detail on reproductive systems and behaviour due to the scientific context in which this content appears. Likewise, you may find the occasional use of the "N" word in articles in which it is necessary for a full understanding of the historical context in which it is found, or of the individual or set of individuals by whom it is used. Please remember that the decisions taken are ultimately subjective and that suitability of content may be perceived differently within different cultural settings. We have tried to bear this in mind ourselves and to take the most sensitive decisions practically possible.

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Our disclaimer and copyright statement

The selection may be copied in its entirety for non-commercial purposes, but restrictions apply to other use of content. In general, the content from Wikipedia is subject to the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike Version 3.0 Unported Licence, or in the case of some images other licenses as detailed on the image pages, which may be found by clicking on the image concerned. You can view the authorship history of an article on Schools Wikipedia by using the URL at the bottom of the page and using the “View History” tab on the Wikipedia site. The original authors or creators of content from Wikipedia may be found by going to the article in the English Wikipedia ( with the same article name and tracing content via the page history. The creators of images are detailed in the image page which can be found by clicking on each image. The Wikipedia for Schools logo is the property of SOS Children. All content from SOS Children, including the Wikipedia for Schools logo, may not be used in any form (except intact as a unit with this content) without permission. Please contact us if you want to copy it (in the case of certain photographs SOS Children itself does not own copyright outright). This Wikipedia Selection is provided without profit for the general education of children, and is intended to be fit for that purpose. It is NOT intended to guide chemistry experiments, as a guide to poisonous plants, as a medical guide or to be used in any way as a basis for behaviour. Volunteers have looked through the content but no party involved in this selection takes any responsibility or liability for the content. If you find any errors please report them to and we will correct them as soon as possible.

Wikipedia itself has the following disclaimer, which also applies


Wikipedia is an online open-content collaborative encyclopedia; that is, a voluntary association of individuals and groups working to develop a common resource of human knowledge. The structure of the project allows anyone with an Internet connection to alter its content. Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information.

That is not to say that you will not find valuable and accurate information in Wikipedia; much of the time you will. However, Wikipedia cannot guarantee the validity of the information found here. The content of any given article may recently have been changed, vandalized or altered by someone whose opinion does not correspond with the state of knowledge in the relevant fields. Note that most other encyclopedias and reference works also have similar disclaimers.

No formal peer review

We are working on ways to select and highlight reliable versions of articles. Our active community of editors uses tools such as the Special:Recentchanges and Special:Newpages feeds to monitor new and changing content. However, Wikipedia is not uniformly peer reviewed; while readers may correct errors or engage in casual peer review, they have no legal duty to do so and thus all information read here is without any implied warranty of fitness for any purpose or use whatsoever. Even articles that have been vetted by informal peer review or featured article processes may later have been edited inappropriately, just before you view them.

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Wikipedia for Schools is a selection taken from the original English-language Wikipedia by the child sponsorship charity . It was created as a checked and child-friendly teaching resource for use in schools in the developing world and beyond. Sources and authors can be found at See also our Disclaimer.