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TechBits: how much do people really know about computing? (10.9.13)

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A blog post getting lots of attention right now says kids don't really know much about computing- and it says that's a problem.

The author says while many young people are good at using technology- doing active posting on all manner of social media and other sites- they really don't know much about how computers and web sites work.  He says that's a big problem when things go wrong.

A good solution could start at home.  Instead of setting up computers for your kids, have them learn how to set them up.  Have them try to solve connectivity problems when they arise.  Have them look at the source for web pages to see how they're put together.  Explain basic concepts of computing, and children may have an easier time figuring out what goes on under the hood of a computer- and the internet.

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