While children in the UK have been learning to code in school for a mere three years, kids programming languages were first introduced to the world 50 years ago.
Google has marked the milestone with a first of its own - a never-before-seen CODING Doodle .
The interactive Doodle, as part of Computer Science Education Week, teaches users how to code with the help of a furry friend.
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The Doodle was developed through the close teamwork of not one or two but THREE teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.
Last year, it was reported that parents in the UK were being left in the dark by their tech-savvy kids.
Youngsters are increasingly using jargon words like "algorithm", which they have learnt as part of the school curriculum.
Coding was introduced as part of the National Curriculum in 2014 and has quickly become a popular subject in schools.
Part of that involves coding – the engine that drives most interactions we share today, from mobile phone apps, to the latest computer game graphics and Hollywood blockbuster special effects.
A study of 1,000 parents of children aged three to eight show two thirds didn't realise their little ones were learning coding at school or nursery.
Many admit being staggered to hear their youngsters babbling on about "hyperlinks", "pop-ups" and "downloads".
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A third of parents claim they don't have any understanding of coding, and almost nine in 10 parents are completely baffled when their child talks about "programming" at home - while a third are relying on their children to share their knowledge and skills.
Two thirds of mums and dads admit they lack awareness of modern technology and its elements, and 60% believe it would be helpful if nurseries and schools held lessons for parents first, so they can assist their own children when they learn.
Dragging and dropping visual blocks of code, manipulating content and debugging simple programs are other skills frequently demonstrated by children under eight, but which most parents will be unfamiliar with.
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Learning coding and programming will benefit children in later years when they start job hunting, according to 74% of parents.
"The roles can be reversed when it comes to coding," the Fisher-Price spokesperson added.
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"Typically, mums and dads are the ones to help, educate and assist their little ones but in the case of coding, children are the ones in charge.
"Rather than turning to mum and dad to help with a simple programming issue, or to imbed a picture, children have to draw on their own experiences and teach their parents everything they have been taught at school."
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If you know kids having fun with today’s Doodle, encourage them to also try the new CS First activity built on Scratch where they can create your own Google logo.
Click here to check out some of the incredible range of things kids are creating with code.