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What digital skills should your kids develop over the holidays?

Growing up 1 year ago

Cliff Jones writer
Cliff Jones Dad of two. Life 1st, tech 2nd. Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Free time and good weather provide the perfect conditions for kids to home their digital skills. Why not use the summer months while the kids are off school to let them learn something which will be useful in the future? But let them learn. Don't teach them. By July they've had enough of lessons. They need to discover.

On a recent trip to the New York, we put our kids in charge of the camcorder and gave them the slackest of editorial briefs. ‘Film stuff. Learn how to edit. Make a movie of our holiday.’

What they produced was stunning. There were establishing shots, voice overs, interviews, pieces to camera, interviews - the lot. At times surreal, our Fellini bambini produced a film that was a hilarious, insightful and original keepsake.

Critics loved it. 'A triumph-' Mum and Dad.

What? 'I never learned video editing when I was a lad and it never did me any harm,' you say? Well, if your kids aren't, then it might. Or at very least it won't help them.

Set them a challenge, or seek out some workshops this summer.

My kids will do jobs what don't even exist now, let alone when I was growing up. That scares me a little, but I know they need to have the right skills to prevent my fear from holding them back.

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Experience 1 year ago

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