Coding lessons might be good for the economy but unless we teach children ethics at the same time, what's to stop them joining the shadowy world of cybercrime?
This morning, I woke up in the middle of a Twitter storm.
Yesterday, I wrote an article which detailed fears that teaching children how to write computer code could push them to the dark side and make them a danger to our society.
It was published in response to the release of the BBC's micro:bit , which will see one million tiny computers handed to British kids for free, in a bid to help turn them into the self-facilitating tech nodes our economy so badly needs.
These devices can be programmed using simple code, allowing schoolchildren to learn skills which are of vital importance to highly paid IT professionals and wealthy cybercriminals alike.
But today the tech industry exploded with anger on Twitter, suggesting it was ridiculous to claim that there could be any negative impact from teaching kids to code.
"Some kids may also grow up to be murderers, cloaked deceptively in cuteness," one Twitterer joked.
"It's like suggesting that teaching sex education creates a generation of rapists," another techie raged.
It's no secret that I'm mildly obsessed with hacktivists and hackers, having spent most of my short career at The Mirror writing about them.
Groups like Anonymous now play a vital role in our civic society, simultaneously playing the role of protester, vigilante and moral crusader.
But when it comes to the type of cybercriminal who fleeces grannies and brings down firms like TalkTalk from their bedrooms, it's fair to say I'm not such a fan.
As Spider-Man (and the French writer Voltaire) noted: "With great power comes great responsibility."
If we don't teach kids the ethics they need to navigate our new world, it's like giving them a gun without telling them not to shoot people.
Our schools are already teaching kids to code - and the BBC micro:bit can only help this noble goal.
But educationalists don't put enough emphasis on helping school kids understand the moral implications of these skills - let alone helping to silence the siren call emanating from the darkest corners of the internet.
Pupils are taught to use technology "safely, respectfully and responsibly", according to the National Curriculum, first focusing on cyber-bullying and how to avoid or report threats online.
But in a fast-moving world where youngsters' skills quickly outpace the grownups', is this really enough to keep them on the right side of the law?
Carl Miller, a tech expert at the think-tank Demos, told me that "power was changing" as "hackers, tech geeks and mathematicians become the architects of our new social worlds".
"Kids learning coding also need to learn how we actually treat people decently in online spaces, what our new responsibilities are, and how they should use these new skills in ways that are socially beneficial.
"Coding - like any technology - can be used for good and bad, and we need to equip people with the moral as well as technical know-how to make sure we're building digital worlds that we actually want to live in."
Carl Gottlieb, an information security expert, hammered home this point.
He told me there were clear benefits to teaching kids to code, as long as they learned responsibility and ethics at the same time.
"To boost our digital economy it is essential that we educate our children to become the IT experts of the future." he said.
"With this knowledge comes power and a few may use these newfound skills irresponsibly."
"We will develop the next generation of technology leaders and ambassadors for online security with the right guidance and training."
To get a sense of how kids become hackers, I spoke to a group called New World Hacking, who recently took credit for attacks on NASA and the BBC.
They told us that "hacking and programming is fun if you're smart at math".
Most kids learn the basics between the ages of eight and 12, the hackers said, perhaps spending their spare time searching the internet looking for ways to modify their favourite computer game.
"Coding can be extremely simple for younger aged people," a group member said.
"Since their brains are fresh and fairly new, they don't have to go back and look at stuff because they just suck it right up."
The youngsters may then go on to join groups like Anonymous, who "fight for the good", or follow a darker path.
"Some of them will then grow up and eventually have some good connections with some bad associates," the hackers warned.
Of course, teaching kids to write computer code is bound to help boost the country's digital economy, even if it could help to push some rebellious children into the shady world of cybercrime.
Dr Jessica Barker, a British cyber security consultant, told me that many tech industry bigwigs were employed as "hackers" to make sure vital systems were protected from the bad guys.
These lucky geeks are in high demand, meaning they rake in huge salaries and are rarely out of work.
"If we don't have hackers working as professionals in the security industry, the country will be left undefended," she said.
"We need hackers to keep us safe. They protect our banking, shopping and power systems."
She said the really dangerous hackers probably picked up their skills online, rather than in the classroom. "If someone wants to be a criminal hacker, it's likely they have already taught themselves and are already doing it.
"And that's why we need professional hackers - to protect from the criminals."