Three young digitally-savvy women at the Digital Data Strategist Program at Hyper Island Stockholm have written a book about HTML coding…for children. Are toddlers too young to learn how to build a website? These women don’t think so! Cody the Coder in My First Website takes a toddler through a magical world where he has to create his home (his website), and as you read through, one can’t be help become more familiar with the HTML code snippets necessary to build your first website.
“I’ve always seen a future where children are unafraid of understanding something that adults are either too intimidated to explore or just haven’t had the chance. They are simply fearless.” says Rosalyn Knapp, co-founder of My First Website. “We owe it to our children to be able to teach them to understand code in a world where almost everything that they interact with on a daily basis will have some foundation in coding.”
Even adults can learn a lot from this. In just a few pages, children’s eyes are opened to what the internet is, and how to make something of their own that utilises the World Wide Web to their benefit, all tied up in an exciting story of a little boy with his back pack full of coding tools.
“If the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are campaigning for children to learn coding,” says Lovisa Levin of My First Website “it’s purely addressing the huge gap in current markets and in today’s educational systems. “ Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg stated ,”The whole limit in the system is that there aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today [in coding]”
“Creating an experience where children can subconsciously become familiar and unafraid of handling code on a day to day basis, thus fuelling the next generation of code-savvy adults, or even developers, is so important to our core values and to a generation where coders are in such high demand” agrees Sanna Nilsson of My First Website.
With more and more countries realising the importance of children being raised to understand and use code, we’ve seen places like Estonia teach coding to first graders and a massive amount of pressure being put in schools in the UK to raise the current IT teaching standard.
Our children all use software, why shouldn’t they learn how to make it, or to know how it works? My First Website is the first step for parents to take with their children in to the world of code, and in to the future.
Cody Coder is an e-book available for tablets, smartphones and computers and costs €5.99.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.