Children Who Code

Authored by: Jamie C. Macbeth , Michael J. Lee , Jung Soo Kim , Tony Boming Zhang

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-6

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Abstract

While a majority of children enjoy digital technologies in their daily lives, fewer have the opportunity to learn about code: the sets of computer instructions that control how their devices function. When children and young people learn to code, this can lead to an appreciation of how coding helps them achieve the highest levels of personalisation and control over their media devices. Such engagement then becomes more dynamic and interactive. As a result, coding ability enhances children’s experiences with digital devices, helping make young people ‘power’ users of the web and social media platforms.

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