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Spy Tips 

Always wondered what it’s like to be a spy? 

Here are some quick spy tips from the experts (that’s the CIA and FBI), and websites you can check out for more on what it means to be a spy.

Spy Tip #1: How to Flush Out a Tail

Think you’re being followed? First off: trust your gut—that’s what agents do. If someone feels suspicious to you, you might be right. But you don’t want to get too paranoid (it happens to even the best of agents), so…

Try turning right, and then stop and pretend to tie your shoe. Your follower will be forced to stop, or pass you by. If you’re being followed, try making a quick exit, or use a disguise (like a baseball cap) to change your appearance.

Spy Tip #2: How to Spot a Crime-In-Progress

So how do spies and agents know something’s wrong? Simple: they use their observation skills. Your eyes and ears are better crime detection tools than any spy gadget.

Observe, and take notes. Try to figure out what all these clues mean—that’s the beginning of being a good detective or secret agent. 

Want To Find Out More?

There is a ton of information out there for junior spies like yourself. Here are some websites to visit (just make sure you check with your parents first):

The CIA homepage for kids. 

Who would know more about spy stuff than the CIA? This portion of the website tells you all about what it’s really like to be a spy, and it even has some games you can play—so check it out!

The International Spy Museum. 

Who says museums are boring? The International Spy Museum is a great place to visit and learn more about spy gadgets, the history of spies and their tricks, and you can even sign up for their cool Spy-In-Training program—I know, you want to go to Washington D.C. now, right? In case you can’t make it to the nation’s capitol, check out their website for spy games, and brush up on your spy lingo.


The FBI Kids Page.


The place to go if you want to know more about what an FBI agent does, how they investigate, and how the FBI came about (this history stuff is cool, and you can impress your parents and teachers). And there are games too—so go over there and get your spy disguise ready…


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