Why Parents are Pushing Back Against Tech Summer Camps

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Why Parents are Pushing Back Against Tech Summer Camps

Summer camps that teach coding skills are booming, but some parents think that kids spending more time in front of computer screens is a bad idea. 

At least 447 tech-oriented summer camps opened across 48 states in the US this year, according to a recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology. The camps sell themselves as a way to prepare kids for careers in computer science, however not all parents are enthused about the trend. 

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“I do believe that children would be better off indulging in more sporty activities outside as physical health is also an important aspect of life,” Elizabeth Hicks, a mother of two preschoolers and co-founder of parenting website Parenting Nerd, told Lifewire in an email interview. “Coding in summer camps will only cause exhaustion and ruin their chances of having a fun summer.”

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