In today’s digital world, coding is quickly becoming a fundamental skill alongside maths and reading. However, many children still don’t have the opportunity to learn to program as it’s rarely taught in schools or at home. With technology rapidly advancing, knowing the basics of coding will not only benefit your kids, but give them a real advantage in every aspect of their lives. Here’s just a few reasons why kids should learn to code and some ways they can get started today.
Great career prospects
In most jobs technology plays an extremely important role. Simply knowing the basics of coding will provide your kids with a set of skills that’s useful in almost every industry and give them a real advantage over those who don’t. Recent studies have also revealed that 71% of all new STEM jobs are in computing.
Advanced skill set
Learning to code will allow your child to be an innovator, embrace their creativity and explore technology. It also fosters critical thinking and helps kids to think logically and solve problems efficiently.
Even though coding can be challenging to practice, it’s also extremely rewarding. Alongside helping kids to build their confidence levels, it can often translate to success in other subjects such as maths, reading and science. It can even be empowering for children, as they’re able to create projects and show them off to their family and friends.
How can my kids get started?
There are so many websites, apps and games available, designed specifically to help kids learn to code. As it’s similar to learning a second language, the younger your child starts the easier it will be for them to grasp basic concepts. We recommend an hour a week, however, as children have busy schedules, just half an hour on a regular basis will still be beneficial.
From a young age kids can utlilise the free MIT app, Scratch. It allows children to program interactive stories, games and animations, then share them with an online community.
Kodable is a code-writing system that allows teachers, tutors and parents’ guide children through the fundamentals of coding. There’s over 70 lessons to choose from. Each breaks down computer science into the basic concepts kids need for a strong foundation.