We are slowly moving toward the world of unified online identities, with all our private and public information being stored in one place. Taking care of the way we present ourselves online is going to be even more important in the future. Because Generation Alpha is growing up around technology, parents must take extra care to help their kids portray themselves online in an authentic way that expresses who they really are. By encouraging your child to be deliberate about posting their true selves online, you are setting them up for more authentic relationships in the future, a healthier self-image and an online profile they can control.
America’s newest generation, dubbed Generation Alpha, is younger than 12 but can already out-text and out-post their tech-savvy Millennial parents. While Millennials have experienced the influence of the Internet in their late youth, their children are experiencing an entirely different childhood.
Our online presence should be an extension of who we are as a person, not a carefully curated version of it. Social media once seemed to be an easy way to connect with friends and family, yet recently, it’s a hub for the most carefully curated version of ourselves.
Raising the first generation of digital natives is not an easy task for any parent. Today’s kids use apps like Instagram almost intuitively – to share photos, videos, messages, and stay connected with peers and family. Teens across the globe consider their digital identity to be as important as their offline world.
Even when they pass the age limit that allows them to join social networks, kids still need our help. Let’s call these rules “Rules of Etiquette”. They underline interactions with other people online, and put an emphasis on safety and self-respect:
These resources are aligned with .ME’s mission to serve
When .ME was founded, the team knew the business could serve as a platform to raise awareness about the benefits of technology and equip people with the skills needed to successfully navigate the digital world. There are three major pillars that feed into this mission: educating young people and inspiring them to pursue a career in tech, helping people and businesses make use of the benefits of living in a digital world, and exchanging knowledge and supporting other tech companies. You can read more about .ME’s CSR strategy here.