For many young people, the online world has become an important part of their every day. It’s a private place, with no parents there to watch what they do and say. This is especially true of the dark web. It’s a place a young person may (falsely) believe they can interact without obvious consequences, a space without family rules, without societal rules, and without government rules.
However, the dark web also requires a complex understanding of encryption, computers, and the internet. This means that if a young person does begin to use the dark web, they may not use it long term.
This is not a widespread issue. Some young people may hear about the dark web from videos with catchy titles like ’10 disturbing things hidden on the dark web’ or see it depicted in T.V. shows, like Netflix’s How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), which may encourage curiosity.
If a young person decides to visit the dark web with relatively good intentions, there are still risks that can impact them including: