It has become commonplace to refer to young people as digital natives due to their apparent fluency with digital technologies. Indeed, many young people are very comfortable sending text messages, playing online games, and browsing the Web. But does that really make them fluent with new technologies? Though they interact with digital media all the time, few are able to create their own games, animations, or simulations. It's as if they can read but not write.
M. Resnick et autres, Scratch: Programming for All