In my former life, before children I was a computer programmer, in the 4 years I’ve had away from my career technology has moved on at an astoundingly fast pace. All of a sudden everyone has iPads, we can do more and more with our mobile phones, our world is becoming increasingly digital. I find myself torn between wanting my children to be children, to run around outside, play imaginative games and hold onto the time in their life when they can just ‘play’, and not wanting them to fall behind their peers because of a lack of exposure to social media, video games and so on.
Teaching children to code is now part of the National Curriculum, my 7 year old is doing an after school club where he will learn to create his own video game, and my girls write mini programmes using little bee bots that they control the direction of movement of. Coding is going to play a huge role in our children’s future and it’s important we encourage our children to develop the skills needed from a young age. I’ve got some ideas over on Science Sparks for games and activities to help young children develop logic and computational thinking skills and Barclays have developed their own Code Playground for older children ( around age 7 ) to learn to code. Coding might sound dull and boring, but actually it can inspire a lot of creativity.
Barclays invited Mumsnetters and their children to a special Code Playground session where the children learnt how to write their own programmes, helped by Barclays Digital Eagles, while the Mums asked questions about keeping their children safe online.
I’m definitely going to try Barclay’s Code Playground with my 7 year old and can’t wait to see how he gets on.
What sorts of things could Barclay’s Digital Eagles help you with? Do you think learning coding skills in important for children? Would you like to learn to code?
Barclays also supply some great Family Finance and Business Support advice on the Mumsnet Website.
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