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Geeks tend to go for individual sports that emphasize skill over strength, and they also favor objective targets rather than competition. Definitely avoid team sports as they are often very geek-hostile. Things to try include trampolining, table tennis (aka ping-pong), rock climbing, horse riding and BMX biking. Avoid buying lots of kit until you know you ...
Kahn academy has some very basic courses leading up to building simple games within an html5 canvas. It may be a place to start if he feels intimidated by the other options.
I really feel for you. It must be devastating to see your son going through this. I have a 10-yr-old son and he has gone through a situation like this in the past, too. In our case, I talked to his teacher at his school and asked her to keep an eye on them and tell me if she witnessed something. (I got the OK from my son before I spoke with her.) This ...
That is a tricky one, as I think it boils down to, "How do I motivate my child to actually do something he is interested in." You mentioned you have already tried, but he didn't follow through. I think it is all about motivation. I know personally, what motivated me to go to school and get into the Software Engineering field was working a crap job for a ...
Adding another option, GameMaker is also a fairly easy to get into program that is often used as a stepping stone for aspiring game developers. The base version is also free.
Apart from Scratch, there is another, more advanced system for teaching kids the basics of game development: KODU. Main benefit in comparison to Scratch: Ability to create 3D games (Minecraft-style).
"Scratch" will allow you to create a simple videogame and get some experience with basic programming concepts. After that there are some good resources for starting Python here.
(I am a CISV volunteer, but will be objective in my response) As mentioned by the others, CISV is a non-sectarian UNESCO partner non-profit organisation. I personally only joined as an adult volunteer in 2013, and can understand how it may initially seem like a sect to outsiders (if fact, this is something we might joke about ourselves, sometimes) - we ...
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