Computer “Code” – maybe it’s not such a great name?

As all my school essays did, I’ll start with a definition:

  1. code  

    /kōd/

    Noun
    A system of words, letters, figures, or other symbols used to represent others, esp. for the purposes of secrecy.
    Verb
    Convert (the words of a message) into a particular code in order to convey a secret meaning.
    Synonyms
    noun.   cipher – cypher – codex
    verb.   encode – codify – cipher – encipher – cypher

Doesn’t sound like something that’s easy to learn that does it? Although it does sound cool, to me at least, but then again I still use words like cool so maybe I’m not the best judge!

I think we should try and use a more straightforward term with children like program, any thoughts?