Did you know that the next generation of kids will be called Generation Alpha. A generation that will outnumber the Baby Boomers within 4 years.
Generation Alpha are children born between 2010 – 2025. They are the children of Generation Y and often the younger siblings of Generation Z. There are 3 million of them in Australia and more than 2.5 million are born globally every week. When they have all been born (2025) they will number almost 2 billion, the largest generation in the history of the world.
Within the next four years this group will outnumber the Baby Boomers, and most of them will live to see the 22nd Century.
While Generation Alpha are currently the youngest generation, they represent the future. They are currently our primary school students, who by the end of the 2020s will be moving into adulthood and the workforce, ready or not.
If you’ve had a baby recently or will have in a few years, your baby will be part of this Generation Alpha. A generation that have their era defined by technology, smartphones, tablets, video games, autonomous cars and smart speakers that talk back to you. This technology has been developed within their generation and it is all they have ever known.
While radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users, the television only took 13 years, the iPod just 4 years, the internet 3 years, Facebook 1 year and the ‘Pokémon Go’ phenomenon took just 19 days! WOW!
This huge screen saturation age, which we are all living in, has an even bigger impact on the generation exposed to it during their formative years. And this increased exposure often has negative impacts such as obesity, sleeplessness, neck and back issues, short attention spans and social problems.
So as parents it is vital we put boundaries in place to limit screen time and provide opportunities for our children to play creatively and get outdoors.
That’s why gifts such as fairy doors and fairy gardens are perfect. Because they:
- inspire hands-on pretend play
- encourage the use of their inbuilt imagination and creative ability
- allow a child to think beyond themselves
- and get lost in worlds of adventure that they build themselves.
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