Kids can't use computers

'Oh... I guess these days you must find that the kids know more about computers than the teachers...'If you teach IT or Computing, this is a phrase that you'll have heard a million times, a billion times, epsilon zero times, aleph times. Okay I exaggerate, but you'll have heard it a lot. There are variants of the phrase, all espousing today's children's technical ability. My favourite is from parents. 'Oh Johnny will be a natural for A-Level Computing, he's always on his computer at home.' The parents seem to have some vague concept that spending hours each evening on Facebook and YouTube will impart, by some sort of cybernetic osmosis, a knowledge of PHP, HTML, JavaScript and Haskell.Normally when someone spouts this rubbish I just nod and smile. This time I simply couldn't let it pass. 'Not really, most kids can't use computers.'

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