With Scratch, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share their creations with others in the online community. Scratch is designed especially for ages 8 to 16. It is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages. Scratch was designed by students at MIT.
- Simple interface that’s easy to learn and kid-friendly.
- Great way to learn the basic concept of coding.
- Users are part of a community that can comment on each other’s work.
- Users can collaborate on projects together.
- Social media portion of the site has some filters and restrictions, but parents should monitor their child’s participation.
- Users will need to explore other programming languages to program complex projects.
Why it’s helpful for families living internationally
Scratch provides a safe online platform for kids to explore programming, create projects, and share their work with others. The Scratch global community provides encouraging support for beginners and experienced users. Kids have a choice of languages to use to navigate the site.