Training a child is one of the most strenuous tasks there is regardless whether you are a parent, guardian or teacher. The process is similar for all concerned, as there are many things to be incorporated into the kids before they grow into adults. It has been a source of wonderment why coding for children has suddenly become a much talked about phenomenon in recent times. The reason for its inclusion in elementary syllabus is also puzzling, making some school of thoughts question its ethics on grounds that children are rather too young for such complex matters.
However, since the world continuously tends towards growth vis-à-vis technology, the need to have a basic knowledge of technology is of essence. Kids are now quite familiar with little techs requiring little to no coding like operating toys and other electronic gadgets with remote controllers, connecting and surfing the internet, running computer operations, amongst others. This is some improvement compared to the early years of technology but much is still left that can be done. The world is changing, and we have to evolve with it. Coding, however complex it appears, has a positive impact on children cognitively and other important ways. Such are as follows;
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Since coding involves mostly logic and problem solving procedures, it can help children better visualize abstract concepts and apply the approaches to real life problems to get solutions. In addition, it helps foster concision and planning, making them turn out better creators.
Coding helps build and improve the core values needed for life. Core values such as,
- Resilience: Debugging in programming helps make children capable of tackling complex, frustrating problems by inducing the virtues of perseverance and resilience in them.
- Focus and organization: As a child codes more complicated programs, he/she learns to be more focused and organized in working since the process of coding involves being organized manner and planning against errors.
- Creativity: Coding makes children capable of creating their own worlds from their imagination. Not only do they play mobile and computer games, they get to build them also!
- Communication: Coding sometimes requires teamwork, tending to make the kids collaborate. It thus forms the bane of communication between the children and technology.
Research has it that in 2020 the percentage of IT jobs on the labour market would increase to 22%. Coding is the basic literacy for the digital age, as such, there’s a high demand of tech in industries. Coding helps children excel in a given specialization as a result of the high inclination of the world towards technology.
The most important of all, money. Yes, money. Money is a good motivator. What does Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have in common? Simple! They are on the list of Forbes’s 20 richest people in the world. Jeff Bezos ranks first and Bill Gates second. Others on the list include; Steve Baller (Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft), Sergey Brin (Google President), and Carry Ellision (CEO of Oracle).
They have another thing in common; they are involved in Tech and IT. Jeff Bezos owns Amazon, Bill Gates is the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook.
Bill Gates started coding and hacking at the age of 13. He programmed a software, which scheduled students to classes, and a payroll system for his school. During his high school days, he started a company named Traf-O-Data- selling traffic-counting systems to local governments. Bill also made a tic-tac game allowing users play with computers.
Mark Zuckerberg began coding softwares in middle school, his father- though not a techie- after he saw 10 year old Mark using his computer, got him a programming tutor, who taught him. He built a program, connecting his father’s home and office computers, called Zucknet. He made games out of drawings from his artistic friends for kids his age. While in High school, he built a music player that studies its user’s taste, before going to college to make Facebook.
David Karp joined the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, after he built Tumblr, which he sold to Yahoo Inc., for $1.1 billion dollars. At age 14, he was encouraged by his mom, who saw his interest in computer rather than school, made him drop out of school and be homeschooled on computers.
Techies are sought after in the world, and are highly paid. If a child decides to go into the tech world, he or she stands a chance of being a billionaire and found on the scrolls of history.