I was 8 years old when I wrote my first BASIC program on an Apple ][ E. I felt that same world-changing around me sensation.
I didn't get my first modem until I was 18. I was away at college and discovered BBSes, Gopher, Telnet, MUDs, MUSHs and IRC networks.
I was exposed to people from different walks of life, from different corners of the planet and of different points of view.
I'm far from the most open-minded person around but I know and appreciate the differences between people so much more than I would have if that experience of learning to code hadn't expanded my mind when I was 8 years old.
I hope that this young lady gets to experience some of what you and I did when beginning the journey.