Preparing Kids for the Future is all about preparing them to grasp opportunities. In terms of software, a parent should be very conscious of the impact that technology will have on your child’s future development, particularly with respect to their future career choices.
It is very likely that in the next few years coding will join reading, writing, and arithmetic to become a principle of education. There is the danger that children who are currently studying will have a skill set that is not reflective of the jobs available by the time they are out of school. Hence it is important that parents encourage technological literacy and perhaps even the basics of coding regardless of the child’s other interests.
Software is a growing industry and currently lacking in skilled workers, Many employers are shifting physically demanding jobs towards automation and we will definitely see a lot more work in the industry in the future. There is a hypothesis that in the future developers will likely work on a universal programming language – so It does not matter what language they begin with as long as they have an understanding of the basic core concepts of programming.
There are many other implications to this – parents can expect their child to spend a lot of their time in front of a screen, as is the case with the current generation of children. According to a study carried out by The American Academy of Pediatrics (2013) and the Canadian Pediatric Society (2010), before the age of 2, children should not be exposed to any screen time, including TV, smartphones and tablets.
In preparing kids for the future, learning programming at a young age helps kids to gain advantages in thinking, processing and communicating and can be a useful tool in developing a child’s creative and technical ability.