Why I’m writing about hackers and parenting in Spanish

Earlier this month I went live with a self-published e-book in Spanish titled Cómo criar un hacker: how to raise a hacker.

This book is aimed at parents who are not IT professionals but wish to understand the hacker ethos and a key set of things they can do to build that ethos that is more than just teaching kids to code.

Sure, in the book I say it’s OK if your child isn’t interested in coding, I mention 2600 and Club Mate and I quote ESR profusely (largely for his authority on this topic, and not because I validate or agree with every position of his) but I hope all of that isn’t controversial because it isn’t at the core of the motivations for the book.

Instead, I challenge the inconsistent and unjustified battle against screens, I highlight the relevance of open source and I stake a claim for hackers on note taking and humor as a tool for building character and I do this all under the assumption that digital natives (whatever that means) aren’t set for excellence in a generation where every world leader is also a digital native: only hackers are.

Since this is a short book on parenting, I evidently don’t go into building actual infosec skills at any significant depth. I don’t even discuss the tactics of screen management, covered eloquently and empathetically in books like Screenwise.

In fact, it was by reading reviews on similar work that I found a huge gap in Spanish-speaking markets on this and decided to start there (plus, self-publishing in English would probably have taken me longer as I’m not a native English speaker)

I’m ultimately neither a family counselor, not an expert on parenting. I was just raised a hacker by folks who didn’t even know what that was. Feedback is always welcome. (Cómo criar un hacker is available on Amazon and Smashwords)

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