Why coding?The Many Benefits of Coding for Kids
It’s amazing how many studies focus on the negative effects of children increasing their screen time.
With these studies in mind, encouraging kids to learn how to code seems counter intuitive; perhaps even a cause for concern. On one hand, why give kids more chances to spend time in front of their screens? Another concern: will kids even be able to grasp the concept of coding? Since many adults find it complicated, doesn’t it seem fair to assume that kids will inevitably have a harder time?
If you have some reservations, here are some reasons why kids should learn how to code.
Learning to Code Gives Kids a Competitive Advantage
Coding is an in-demand skill and not everyone knows how to do it.
Mastering (or chipping away at learning) this skill set at an early age gives your child a competitive advantage. Learning to code can help with academics! Programming helps kids learn to appreciate what they may otherwise consider “boring” classes like math.
Coding also helps children understand how things were built and how the world around them works. It also develops logical thinking because at its core, programming is more about knowing how to solve problems than actually knowing which syntax to use.
Coding Teaches Children Soft Skills
Besides helping children develop technical skills, coding also teaches children soft skills. These soft skills are a combination of intangible skills that enable people to interact with others. Although technical skills can get your foot through the door, the soft skills are what can make you climb the ladder.
By learning how to code, children improve their problem solving skills, which in turn, also develops their creativity and persistence in solving problems. Coding improves their communication skills by teaching them to collaborate with others. Coding teaches kids to be focused, patient, and resilient — all skills they need to successfully debug programs.
Coding can also help build their confidence when they solve a tough challenge.
Final Thoughts: Coding is the Future
The future is leaning towards tech.
Statistics have shown that there is no shortage of STEM (science, technology, and math) jobs. 71% of new jobs in STEM are in the field of computing, but only 8% of STEM students graduate with a Computer Science degree.
These numbers really are a shame, since working in the computer programming industry can be quite lucrative. Almost everything is run and controlled by computers. Kids these days have the advantage of being born in the midst of the internet age; navigating technology is second nature to them.
There are several advantages to learning how to code. Instead of being concerned about increased screen time, parents should instead focus their attention on how to make that time productive for their children.