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KidsCamp and the Global Explosion of STEAM and Web Development
William Jackson, Masters of Education 
Aida Correa, Artist and Business Owner of Love Built Life LLC
Proud Microsponsors of
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
WordCamp and Kids Camp Lagos Nigeria
WordCamp and Kids Camp PortHarcourt



Computers and tech have forever changed the lives of youth,
teens and young adults. Truly we are living in a digital era and
youth and teens are becoming digital influencers.
Each generation of youth, teens and young adults are the
digital natives presented in media and news:
Digital Natives ages 12 to 24 spend 4.5 hours a day viewing
screen media (TV, Internet, Internet video, mobile video),
excluding games that even have the ability to link to online
content  PBS  2010

These digital natives are connected in a way never imagined
before and beyond the original range of the Internets design.
There is a growing concern there should be a balance of
consumers of tech and  producers of tech when discussing
youth. Children and youth need to learn the value of a digital
global perspective of the world, as I have  stated in blogs and
PodCasts. Children are not the future consumers they are the
now consumers and the now and future influencers.
 
They influence the buying of their parents and family members
when it comes to digital devices, Apps and accessories. Kids are
telling parents what to buy, why they should buy it and how to
use it. Then change the dynamics of tech to meet their needs.
Teaching each generation that our world is influenced by
thought leaders, digital visionaries, dreamers and seekers of
knowledge is important to direct their thinking in productive ways.

There is the danger of false doctrine, false information and
radicalism in many areas on the Internet. Parents must be able
to teach, model and investigate the accuracy and truth of content
their children consume.

The binary codes of programming languages that computers use
is a language that needs to be understood to provide clarity on
how they (computers) work and why computers do what
they do.

Kids and youth being the digital natives, innovators of today
and the future need conferences like WordCamp and KidsCamp
to direct their engagement and development.

WordCamp and KidsCamp build a foundation of respect and
awareness for the Internet beyond gaming and social butterflying.
The fastest growing nations for KidsCamp and YouthCamp
conferences are on the continents of Africa and Central America.
WordCamp conferences in Central America in 2019 are increasing
with WordCamp Nicuquagua and Costa Rica of Central America,
they both have a KidsCamp in development.

Even in Calgary, Canada with WordCamp YYC has an engaging
and fun KidsCamp. Africa will have KidsCamp Harare, KidsCamp
Lagos, KidsCamp Entebbe and WordCamp PortHarcourt and
others.

Parents need to take advantage of these opportunities to encourage
their children to attend events and networking opportunities. Exposure
to critical and higher order thinking learning that is happening.
Youth and teens future career choices are influenced to help
develop the tech visionaries that each nation will need to grow their
economies in new and diverse directions.


WordCamp Orlando 2018

WordCamp Central global listing of all WordCamp Conferences
https://central.wordcamp.org/

Upcoming, current and future Word and KidsCamp

United States

WordCamp and KidsCamp Miami, Florida
WordCamp and KidsCamp Jacksonville, Florida
WordCamp and KidsCamp Orlando, Florida
WordCamp Atlanta, Georgia

Canada

WordCamp and KidsCamp Calgary, Alberta Canada

Central America

WordCamp and KidsCamp Costa Rica
WordCamp and KidsCamp Nicuquagua

Africa
WordCamp and KidsCamp Entebbe
Microsponsor of WordCampp Entebbe
https://2019.entebbe.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

WordCamp Lagos Nigeria
Microsponsor of WordCamp Lagos
https://2019.lagos.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

WordCamp PortHarcourt
Microsponsor of WordCamp PortHarcourt
https://2019.portharcourt.wordcamp.org/
 
Wm Jackson, M.Edu.
Educator, Speaker, Blogger, Parent,