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Special Report: Dark Web used for child porn, credit card theft in West Virginia

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In the hidden world known as the "Dark Web," illegal activity runs rampant, according to WVSP Digital Forensic Analyst Robert Boggs. 

"The way I like to put an analogy on it is - it's like an iceberg," Boggs said. "You only see the tip of the iceberg - that's the Internet. Most people know the big part. What's not seen under the water? That's what represents the Dark Web. It's extremely large."

In West Virginia, Boggs says it's most common to see criminals using the Dark Web to access child pornography, or steal identities and credit cards.

The Dark Web can also be used to buy drugs, weapons, or even hitmen.

To know whether any of your friends or family members are using the Dark Web, Boggs said you should look for a folder on a desk top titled, "Tor." He says that's the biggest sign someone you know is using the Dark Web.

Jamie Dickenson, an education consultant located in Charleston, also suggests abiding by some advice from Dr. Leonard Sax in order to protect your teens from other potential dangers of the Internet.

Take screens out of the bedroom. This includes cellphones, computers, TVs, video games. Kids are chronically sleep deprived, which leads to poor behavior and can even be the reason why kids are getting mental health diagnosis, bad grades and poor attitudes.  

Put screens in public places and limit how they are used. This generation is living life in a virtual world. Their online friends can quickly become more important than the friends they see in person. They don’t know how to communicate with someone face to face or have outside interests and hobbies. Video games also rewire the way their brains work. And remember, what they post online never goes away. Install software like My Mobile Watchdog, which will share every photo they take or post with you.

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