“Computing skills are the most important skills to learn!” says computing skills course

Children ‘learn how to turn on the TV before they can recite the alphabet’

CHILDREN across Britain are able to operate a TV remote control before they can recite the alphabet, according to new research.

The average British child can confidently channel-hop at the age of four years and 10 months, while it takes them another month to master their A-Z.

The hands-on skill set might explains why so many baffled parents rely on their primary school aged children to help them set up and operate the latest gadgets.

Half of mums and dads ask their little ones for assistance when using technology – with one in 10 admitting their little ones have shown them how to use a smartphone.

Source: Express, 19th October 2016

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It’s a shocking sign of the times, but it appears that children these days are able to engage with technology before they can even read or write. What is the world coming to, when a child can apply a small amount of pressure on a random spot on a remote control before they can recognise and articulate specific symbols and sounds on command?

This warning sign of the oncoming end of civilisation may not be as bad news as it sounds, fortunately, as there are lots of positives to our tech-savvy generation of toddlers:

The hands-on skill set might explains why so many baffled parents rely on their primary school aged children to help them set up and operate the latest gadgets.

Half of mums and dads ask their little ones for assistance when using technology – with one in 10 admitting their little ones have shown them how to use a smartphone.

That these statistics are almost certainly completely meaningless (online survey for marketing purposes, and all that signifies), it does at least shine a more positive light on the situation. Perhaps it’s not a bad thing that children know their way around technology after all, in spite of the shrill headline from the doom-mongering Express? Maybe we should encourage children to embrace the technological age even further – isn’t that right, survey-commissioners?

The survey of 2,000 parents with children aged 10 or under was commissioned by Makersacademy.com, provider of computer programming courses.

A spokesman said: “For many people the latest tech can be a bit confusing to use at first.

“The results suggest many children find it easier to use gadgets they’ve never used before then grown-ups do, perhaps because they have been surrounded by tech from a younger age.

Being a company that specialises in training people to have the digital skills required to cope in the modern world, it’s no surprise that Makersacademy want to highlight the benefits of being tech-literate. But surely they can’t be hoping to capitalise on the toddler-dollar, so where is the commercial angle in this for Makersacademy? Well, all those tech-savvy toddlers are going to grow up one day… and enter the workforce… which presents quite the opportunity for emotional leverage on the older generation:

Nine in 10 adults admit their children have a better of grasp of tech than they did at the same age.

While two-thirds of people are worried they will become increasingly unemployable because of the increasingly swift advances in technology…

Over three quarters of those surveyed would consider having additional IT training in order to improve their job prospects.

Three in five people have no idea how to use computer code – and over a third don’t even know what coding is.

One of the most impressive techniques to witness in a Bad PR story is what I call the ‘PR Pivot’: start with a headline-grabbing story which runs contrary to the purpose of your business, and then once you’ve grabbed the attention of the media and their readers, pivot the story into something you can use. Which, in Makersacademy’s case, looks like this:

A spokesman for Makersacademy.com said: “It’s great to see that so many respondents think it’s never too late to learn how to do something new.

“People of all sorts of ages have successfully completed our courses, which has led to them being successfully employed in whole host of roles.”

Textbook stuff. Or, rather, elearning-module stuff, I suppose.