Hi, my name is Katy. Im 10 years old. I want to be goth but without parents noticing. Any tips?
The first piece of advice that I would offer is not to dramatically announce that you're becoming a Goth. Don't worry about the label of Goth. It's not what's important. The label Goth might either make your parents think that you're a drug-using satanist (not good) or they might tease you about it being a phase. So, don't even bother! Just like what you like. Labels can come later.
You might not be able to wear a lot of Goth clothing without tipping your parents off, but surely you can ask for more black clothes or to wear stripey tights or something like that without them worrying about it. Remember that Goth isn't just about what you wear though and as you get older you can add skull hair clips, cool pins and badges, and that kind of thing.
I would say that I don't think you should be joining too many online Goth communities. Most of them have age ranges to take into consideration anyway but I know everyone fakes their ages online--but from me to you, please don't. It definitely puts you at risk for bullies, manipulative people, or other people saying you're not "goth enough." Don't worry about it, just enjoy having fun as a Goth on your own terms.
As always, remember that being the Most Goth isn't really the most important thing. Go outside and have fun, read a lot of good books, make friends you can laugh with, try to keep up with school. I'm not going to say "goth doesn't matter," but it's easy to lose your own identity when just starting out.
Readers, what advice would you offer to a younger-than-teenage Goth?