CHILDREN’S INTELLIGENCE AGENCY C.I.A.
FOR ALL KIDS, EVERYWHERE.
Did you know that in kids’ media, only 2.9% of characters are black, boys are twice as likely to take the lead. In cartoons, 0% of princesses are coders, boys are twice as likely to take the lead, 73% of characters have white Caucasian skin (compared to only 15% of people in the world!), and 92% of female characters are underweight. Plus, not one superhero recycles. That’s not right.
There’s other crazy stuff going on too. Why is a tub of posh ice cream made in England more expensive than a new T-shirt made in China? It doesn’t make sense. Stories shape how we think about ourselves and the world. From the moment we pop out of the womb, we’re bombarded with subtle and not-so-subtle messages about our gender, race, sexuality and visibility. Currently, those stories show us that if you’re white and male, you’re more visible. They tell us that if you’re a girl you should be an air stewardess, not a pilot, and if you’re a boy you can’t like pink.
That’s why the Children’s Intelligence Agency (C.I.A) was created. Adults can be boring, and say stupid things about how nothing ever changes; they don’t always tell the truth, and sometimes they don’t even notice what’s going on… and they certainly don’t ask nearly enough questions.
That’s not right. This needs to change. They created Detective Dot to inspire the next generation to be coders, not Kardashians. If anyone can get to the bottom of this nonsense and really make a change to this world, it’s kids.
Dot eats binary for breakfast, logic for lunch and HTML for tea.
Detective Dot is a nine-year-old coder and part of the CIA: Children’s Intelligence Agency, a global network of young spies who assemble to solve worldwide problems. She must investigate teenage trillionaire Shelly Belly and her global tech empire. Alongside her flying robot sidekick Drone, and selfie-loving, Tumble. Dot must utilise all her gadgets and sharp skills to solve the case! Detective Dot knows a smartphone is nothing without a smart brain to use it.
Created by UK startup Bright Little Labs, founded by Sophie Deen in 2015, Detective Dot brings a storytelling approach to teaching coding and analytical skills, complementing the computing curriculum now running in primary schools. As well as being adventure packed, Dot is a role model for all kids.
In today’s children’s entertainment and media, 0% of princesses are coders, boys are twice as likely to take the lead, less than 3% of characters are people-of-colour and 92% of females are underweight! And not one superhero recycles.The world of Dot brings a creative breath of fresh air to children’s characters and escapes this “norm”. Bright Little Labs believe that the media has a critical role to play in shaping how our children learn and think. We want children to believe they can achieve anything and that they should question everything – this is where Detective Dot and her friends come in. Making computer science more accessible to both kids and parents.
Kids can become a part of the CIA and Dot’s world with the MegaPack, which includes:
- Detective Dot book
- CIA membership card
- Six fun misisons
- Personalised CIA letter
- CIA sticker sheet
- Lifelong CIA membership
WHAT IS THE CIA?
Aimed at smart kids aged 8+ the book and activity pack is delivered in a Top Secret envelope addressed to your child, with a personalised invitation to join the C.I.A (The Children’s Intelligence Agency). The C.I.A are a shadowy group of child geniuses whose mission is to use technology to investigate global mysteries, injustices and rotten teachers. No-one ever suspects the kids, which is how the C.I.A has managed to bring down some of the most sophisticated criminal networks in the world.
The book is the brainchild of Sophie Deen founder of kids edtech company Bright Little Labs. With coding now a compulsory subject for kids aged 5 and above, the company’s mission is to inspired kids, especially girls, into technology and coding, using cool female role models, stories and personalised missions.
C.I.A. is great for developing children’s imagination as they play at being master spies. Both Jake and Grace have very vivid imaginations so enjoyed the theory, Grace is a bit young, but if Jake was being a super spy so was she, even though she had no idea what one was!
Jake loves the thought of receiving secret messages that are in code for him to decipher. I think this is one he will enjoy more and more as he gets to understand more of the tasks.
It’s now over to you and your super spies!
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