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1 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 11:21:00am

It’s kind of corny, but I don’t see why I’m supposed to think this is “creepy.” What’s wrong with encouraging kids to learn about cryptography?

2 CriticalDragon1177  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 11:39:33am

re: #1 Charles Johnson

True, I do find that idea of an NSA kids website, kind of strange through.

3 Timothy Watson  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 11:56:27am

re: #2 CriticalDragon1177

Both the CIA and FBI have a “kids” page as well.

4 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:06:25pm

What is creepy in a way, well more specifically of an out of place kinda thing, is this coming direct from the NSA. Nothing new, nothing unique to their skills.
This should be coming through the education department not our intelligence agency. I think that department has the skilled and experienced people to reach children and educate parents on good habits.

Looks like a PSA campaign designed to do two things-Get some rudimentary lessons out and improve the public impression of the agency.

5 darthstar  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:10:56pm

My friend’s 8 year old is learning to code in python. By the time he’s 13, he’ll probably know python, ruby, some java and how to write RESTful services for SOAP calls. If I show him this site, he’ll probably invent his own code with his friends in that time…and they’ll deploy it…and Snowden wouldn’t be able to crack it.

Not creepy - cool.

6 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:12:04pm

Okay the make a cipher page is cute. The tone of the site reminds me of the militaries outreach through some games and such at the teen crowd. Age appropriate encouragement to understand codes and encryption. Maybe aspire to join the agency. Home grow some talent. Nothing bad unless you object to anything aimed at kids from agencies.

7 Political Atheist  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:16:18pm

re: #2 CriticalDragon1177

I think all the important agencies need a kids page if only because the curious will come looking anyway. Especially with them in common conversation and on the news.

8 Ace-o-aces  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 12:41:08pm

re: #3 Timothy Watson

Both the CIA and FBI have a “kids” page as well.

Yeah, but the NSA site is way more elaborate. They seem to be trying just a bit too hard.

9 sagehen  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 4:14:47pm

Maybe the site’s full of trojan horses, to reach out through your kid’s address book and keycapture *your* computer (and phone) forever and ever….

10 Norbrook  Sat, Jan 25, 2014 5:53:49pm

Considering that between the ages of 8-12, I had a real love of codes and cryptography, this isn’t creepy at all. It’s also a way to introduce kids to math and science, not to mention the next generation of codebreakers.


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