An Educator's Overview of the Dangers of the Dark Web

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Nicole Bond  
Discover what you need to know about the dark web as an educator. Learn about what it is, its history and what to look for in order to protect your students from it.

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Android, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: The ability to scan QR codes to access shared resources.
Topic: Safety, security & student data privacy
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
For Educators:
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know the history of the Dark Web.
Participants will know of the various uses of the Dark Web.
Participants will understand the dangers of Dark Web use.
Participants will know signs of student use of the Dark Web.


Content will include:
- History and Overview of the Dark Web - its origin and how it has become what it is today (20 Minutes)
- Overview of what the Dark Web is used for today including examples of Dark Web use teens - 2016 Munich Shootings, DDOS attack data associated with schools, etc. in addition to legal ramifications as well as its connection to cryptocurrency (15-20 Minutes)
- Primer on applications and resources students might use to surf the Dark Web - what to be on the lookout for when it comes to students who may be using the Dark Web (20 Minutes)

Supporting research
White, Geoff and Bernard P. Achampong. "The Dark Web." Audible Original. 8 Feb 2018.

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Nicole Bond, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
ISTE Certified Educator