Coding for Kids Decoded
How many times have you heard that children should be learning how to code but you really just don’t get it? They’re just kids, right? Every time you open a paper, they are talking about the lack of IT graduates, and promising a golden future for anyone with these most vital of skills.
Or maybe you have a son or daughter at home that is really interested in learning about IT and you can’t help, you don’t even understand what they are talking about?
If you’re not too sure what all the hype is about or if you just want to be able to point your child in the right direction, read on.
Why They Should Get Started?
Of course there will still be firemen, nurses and teachers in the future, but it is true that having IT skills will open up new opportunities for your children. Technology is becoming important in all manner of careers, so there will be more, and better jobs, for those that have these skills.
IT skills are also global skills, travelling easily from country to country, and leading to more opportunities for those lucky enough to have them.
Dispelling Myths about Kids and Technology
Before continuing. it’s worth sorting out a couple of myths about kids and technology!
1. Being able to discover something in seconds on your phone or being great at playing games are not IT skills. That’s simply using technology. Having IT skills, means being able to create content not just use it. In other words, learning how to create your own website, games, animations, 3D digital models, apps and so on.
2. Being good with technology doesn’t mean they will not have any friends! Programming is often more about collaboration, problem-solving and teamwork than you might realise.