At What Age Should My Child Start Coding?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

We are living in the digital age where technology changes rapidly, making it more and more important for students to stay relevant with the times and learn how to code at an early age. Children should start coding ASAP - in fact, children under the age of seven learn languages at a faster rate than at any other age in their life… making it the perfect time to learn coding languages!

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children up until the age of 2 should have no screen time. Children aged 4-5 should start learning how to use a computer, iPad, tablets, or phones. Children at that age should start off playing basic coding games such as Robot Turtles, a board game that teaches the fundamentals of coding, or Code-a-Pillar, a free app where students practice problem solving, planning, and sequencing.

According to Mitch Resnick, the director of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, it’s important for “young children to develop a relationship with the computer where they feel they’re in control.” After the age of 10, children usually have a good grasp on computer skills and can learn how to code. Students in the 4th or 5th grade can start learning coding at home through Codecademy, or take in-person coding programs for kids such as Music Engineers or Smart Car Developers run by Code the Future.

There are many benefits to learning how to code at an early age. Children can gain a deeper understanding of how technology works, and possibly become software engineers one day. Besides technical skills, children can also gain important life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and becoming more detail oriented.

Code the Future is on the mission of inspiring students to go into STEM majors by running fun, hands-on robotics and coding programs for students in grades 2 through 7.

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