Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said teachers who refuse younger students access to the site are “bad educators”.
Speaking at the Online Information conference at London’s Olympia, he played down the long-running controversy over the site’s authority.
He said young students should be able to reference the online encyclopaedia in their work.
Mr Wales said the site, which is edited by users, should be seen as a “stepping stone” to other sources.
As long as an article included accurate citations, he said he had “no problem” with it being used as a reference for younger students, although academics would “probably be better off doing their own research”.