Why Do Educational Comics About Cybersecurity Need to Get Political?


The Conversation has a report about an educational comic for teaching about cybersecurity that’s got the following oddity about it:


Cracking a code is one of many challenges the girls complete to help characters in CryptoComics escape a mysterious cyberworld into which they’ve been drawn.

CryptoComics is a curriculum designed to teach elementary school children – particularly girls of color – about cybersecurity – the practice of keeping digital information safe – and related careers. It also teaches about cryptology – the science of making and breaking codes. The girls partake in this program as part of their after-school activities in Atlanta.



Why specifically does it matter what the racial background of the girls this is aimed at? Shouldn’t this be for everybody, no matter their ethnicity, to be encouraged to take up the challenge of the technology field?


CryptoComics Intro


Again, there seems to be an unfortunate form of politicization taking place here, which undermines what could be a most useful approach to education. The people who develop these comics should try to refrain from making it look like they’re building these stories around too much political angles.



Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1