Having been involved in the Dutch Wikikids project over the past years (full disclosure: this is a small part of my work for the Kennisnet Foundation which supports this initiative) I can tell you a little more about it.
Wikikids is run by a small foundation which has 5 trustees (who are all educators). They have 12889 articles and over 9000 pictures. They get about 3,5 million website visits a year. An important part is that they feel that the writing of the article by kids is actually a way for them to learn. While the end result is also important, the writing and improving is at least of equal (if not higher) importance.
The english page on the project is here:
(I am not sure but I think one or two of the founders might be on this mailing list, but probably not actively following it)
After four years of activity, I can't recall a case in which an adult had tried to pass itself off as a child or that we even suspected such a case on Wikimini. In fact it is important to note that adults are
also fully involved in the project and they even have their own
dedicated portal on the wiki. I mean, our users are not *only* children,
and furthermore, the collaboration between the latter and adults is an important
component of Wikimini.
From a safety standpoint it should
also be noted that unlike many other community websites and services
aimed at children (think of chat systems, message boards, online games,
virtual worlds, social networks...) there is no way to engage in private
exchanges with other users on Wikimini. Moreover the email
functionality has been deactivated.
2013/4/18 Wjhonson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
How do you ensure that the contributors are children ?
From: Jane Park <email@example.com
To: Wikimedia Education <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 2:38 pm
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Education] Wikimini, the Children's Encyclopedia has reached 10 000 articles (word cloud inside)
This is very cool! Are there any children oriented wikis in other languages?
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