Tired of watching your child play Minecraft for hours on end? Turn their lockdown hobby into a practical skill by allowing them to learn coding.
As the UK-lockdown rages on, swapping their gaming for coding will set them up for academic success, increase their earning potential in later life and provide them with essential life skills. Whether it's learning Scratch or Python, coding is easy to learn, rewarding and most of all, fun.
Here are five reasons why your child should learn how to code…
It's the future
From social media apps like Instagram, to computer games such as Roblox, tech has become a part of our day-to-day lives. As it continues to thrive, coding won't just be a useful skill to have, but will one day be essential.
Many jobs today already require basic computer skills, but there is an increasing amount of industries who rely on computer code. Learning this skill will set your child up to have a very bright future, and they'll have fun too.
It will boost their job prospects
According to Code.org, 71% of all new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) jobs are in computing, but only 8% of STEM graduates are in Computer Science.
Swapping gaming for coding will be hugely advantageous for your child, boosting their job prospects and earning potential, regardless of the industry they choose to go into. Programming is the future, and providing a child with this knowledge provides them with endless opportunities.
It will improve their math
Some kids find maths incredibly challenging, but through coding, they can significantly improve their mathematical ability without even realising. Thanks to a combination of logic and quick-fire calculations, coding helps kids develop algorithmic thinking, which could translate to better grades. And best of all, it's enjoyable.
It fosters creativity
While gaming is fun, coding allows your child to design something from scratch. This is a fantastic way for a child to develop and exercise their creativity, and seeing something entirely their own come to life is a great motivator to keep learning.
Coding also usually follows a similar pattern to storytelling, with a beginning, a middle and an end. As a result, this creative inspiration can help them in other areas too, such as writing and public speaking.
They'll learn to problem-solve
Coding is a great way for kids to learn how to become confident problem solvers.
This is because it's a skill that requires a person to anticipate errors and teaches them how to fix the issues when they inevitably arise. This might be by correcting codes to fix a crashing program, or by coming up with coding language to make a program better.