The Dark Web Explained

Being aware of the Dark Web can help you have informed conversations and support your child if you are concerned.

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What is the Dark Web Explained?

The Dark Web Explained has been created by the National Crime Agency in collaboration with The Children's Society and Marie Collins Foundation. This resource has been developed in response to recommendations from professionals and from research which found that many professionals, parents and carers do not understand the Dark Web and feel unequipped to talk to a young person about it should the need arise.

The Dark Web Explained consists of a short informational film with separate fact sheets for parents and carers and professionals. The resource can help you to:

● understand what the Dark Web is

● know why and how some young people might access the Dark Web

● feel confident having conversations and supporting your child if you know they are accessing the Dark Web.

How should the Dark Web Explained be used?

The film and fact sheets have been created to help you understand more about the Dark Web to enable you to feel confident and better equipped to have conversations with your child about the Dark Web, if required.

The 5-minute film and fact sheet should not be shared with your child. This resource is intended for professionals and parents and carers only and is not intended for young people. We strongly advise that you do not have conversations about the Dark Web with your child if they are not already using it.  

After watching the film, you can download the factsheet for parents and carers for more information and guidance. 

The Dark Web Explained - Subtitled

The Dark Web Explained - British Sign Language (BSL)