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How to Explain Blockchain to a 7 year old kid?

Well, here we are. Another post on blockchain fundamentals, put forth in a non jargony, fun way. This is the beauty of it. I could go ahead and scare you with words like protocol, decentralization, BFT etc. but that will defeat the entire purpose of spreading awareness around blockchain.

So this article will help you in multiple ways. It will give you a bird’s eye view of what blockchain is all about. And if you happen to have some context about it already, it will give you a way to teach the same to your kids.

The day isn’t far when you’d probably hear this from your offspring, “Daddy, what is blockchain?”. And at that point if you decide to Google and answer that question, that conversation might take you to a different tangent altogether.

So to simplify stuff, let’s take the example of a kid called Sharry. Sharry is 7 years old and wants a dog for this Christmas. But Sharry’s father kind of hates pets. He definitely doesn’t want a dog in the house. Now let’s see what happens next.

Sharry and Christmas Letter:

Since his dad won’t get him a dog, Sharry decides to write a letter to the Santa Claus. Very carefully, he mentions all the details of the dog that he needs. The size, breed, colour, everything. He also affirms Santa that how much he’d take care of that dog and would treat him as his best friend.

However, since Sharry is just a kid, he couldn’t post the letter himself. Therefore, he asked his dad to post it on his behalf.

But then something very unfortunate happens. Sharry’s dad decides to open and read the contents of the letter. He goes ahead and replaces the word dog with a Baseball bat.

Sad kid

As soon as Santa receives the letter, he starts working on Sharry’s gift.

So what does Sharry get for Christmas that year? Yup, it’s a baseball bat. Sad but true.

Adult Stuff:

No funny business here. I am just trying to draw a correlation between the story above and how real life blockchains work.

Money transfer without hte use of blockchains

So what I depicted above is one of the key problems that blockchain is trying to solve. Everything we do today, has a middleman involved. Transferring money to a friend through a Google Pay? Your transaction has to go through Google, your bank, your friend’s bank, and finally, the friend’s UPI application. This involves duplication of efforts in terms of maintaining the ledger, at each step. Not to forget that all these intermediaries charge you for enabling this (transaction fees)

Let’s take another example. Say you are building a career through Instagram. You drive leads to your website and your social media presence is par excellence. What if one day Instagram decides that you cannot post any more. Okay, let’s tone down a little? What if they get to pick the type of content you can post? You are at the absolute mercy of Facebook (parent company of Instagram) to run your entire business.

Scary much? You could come up with endless examples if you start pondering over this.

Sharry and the Blockchain:

Now, the next year, Sharry decides to post his letter on a blockchain. Say this is called the North pole blockchain. This would mean that Sharry would create a digital copy of his letter and put it on a blockchain. This blockchain is nothing but a group of people connected through internet.

This group can include anyone: Other kids like Sharry, parents‘ of kids, Santa Clause himself, anyone!

Here’s when the things get crazy. By design, every time a letter is posted, everyone on the blockchain network receives a copy of that letter. So, at any given point, everyone is aware of everyone else’s Christmas wish list.

Now Sharry’s father is also there on this blockchain. As soon as he finds out a letter seeking a dog, he realizes that it must be his son.

So once again, he changes the word dog with a book this time.

North pole blockchain depiction

However, since his father’s copy of letters is now different than everyone else on the blockchain, the change is caught immediately and his father is removed from the North Pole blockchain.

For everyone else, it’s business as usual.

Adult Version:

What you just saw is a perfect use case of distributed trust. No single user can change the state and entries of the blockchain as per their will. This makes blockchains highly secure and immutable.

This property of blockchain hints at the fact that it is an extremely transparent system of transacting as well.

Blockchain

In an actual blockchain, the people on the network are called miners. They validate each transaction by expending their computational resources. In return they get incentivized through a currency (eg. Bitcoin).

Conclusion:

I hope your bed time stories with your kids are turbo charged after reading this article. I just touched the tip of the iceberg with this post in terms of blockchain. The world of crypto is endless and I hope to come up with more such analogies to spread the word.

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38 thoughts on “How to Explain Blockchain to a 7 year old kid?

  1. Interesting! Block chain, simplified! Even I have a pea sized brain and needed this simple definition to understand block chain. Thanks for the explanation.

    1. Such a easy way of explaining block chain. I was a total nerd at this but u explained it really well.

  2. Wow, that was a brilliant explanation of such a heavy jargon. You have put in a lot of efforts to explain the working and flow of blockchain and I am sure whoever reads this post will be able to understand it. Thanks.

  3. You’ve made blockchain easier to understand not only for kids but also for adults like me who have very little idea about it. The example of Sharry and his Christmas letter was easily understood.

  4. Another interesting topic explained so simply, making it easily understandable! And on a lighter note….bad Dad who is changing Sharry’s gift requests time and again πŸ™‚

  5. Brilliantly explained! A person like me who had zero understanding of Blockchain could get some insights into the topic.

  6. You sure have a knack of explaining things is a simpler way with perfect examples. I did not know much about what blockchain was before visiting your blog. Learning something new each time.

  7. Your last post on block chain had left me with more questions. But this simpler explanation has worked better in making me understand the concept. However I do not know if I still will be able to explain it to a 7 year old kid yet. 😊😊

  8. Sharry’s dad sure is evil. Jokes apart, another excellent way of explaining a difficult term. Looking forward to read more from you.

  9. Another FANTASTIC post by you! I simply love the way you make concepts easier for everyone to understand. I will be making my 7 year old read this and she is going to LOVE it. Thank you for writing this brilliant post!

  10. Very interesting post. Even my husband and father explains these topic to me like you did in this post. You explained Blockchain in a very simple way.

  11. This is something new to me. I am hearing the word blockchain for the first time . And, undoutedly, your blog is helpful. thankyou!

  12. I don’t know about my kid, but your easy-peasy explanation certainly cleared the definition up for me! I have no idea about cryptocurrency and the word blockchain is absolutely new to me, so I appreciate this post especially. Learnt something new today!

  13. Wow this is great! Came here through your bitcoin post and I must say that you explain well. But, I still think I need that whole chart explained to me so I understand what you are talking about. I didn’t even know about these terms before reading your post.

    1. Hi Cindy. Thanks for stopping by. The diagram points out the fact that everyone is connected by internet and anyone (Santa, children, parents etc.) can be a part of it. πŸ™‚

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