The question of what kids want to become when they grow up has gone from the limited “firefighter, police officer and doctor” to everything we could possibly think of – and all the things we haven’t thought of… yet.
The world is wide open and we see kids especially embracing the opportunities online, already from a very young age. They post their drawings online, they develop true coding and editing skills, they plan how to arrange a good and interesting shot for a movie – and they execute. We see a lot of these kids on Momio, and they are extremely talented!
It’s great to see schools picking up on this as well.
For example in Denmark, several schools have started to implement courses like E-sports and coding, and in Finland coding is a part of curriculum for all students. I believe it’s safe to say it won’t stop there. The variety of courses will only increase, and that means we, as professionals in the field, and parents, need to educate ourselves as well.
It can be quite confusing for us to understand how any of this can be beneficial for kids to learn at school. I mean, the kids spend so much time online already, shouldn’t they be out, learn maths or do something else than just being online all the time?
THE FUTURE IS ONLINE
A lot of the traditional careers will still be available in the years to come, of course. But we also need to be aware of the fact that technology is improving every year, and that tech such as AI without doubt will change the job market. We already see this happening, but we all know that this is only the beginning.
However, that doesn’t mean that there will be no jobs when the kids today are grown up. It’s just up to us, and more importantly our kids, to find new ways. And when we think about the fact that the internet has only been available to the public since 1991, and that social media only started rising about ten years later, in the late 1990s – it means that this is still quite an unexplored field.
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PARENTS?
It means that we need to listen to our kids. What are their online hobbies? Are there people making money off doing this as a career? If not, perhaps this could be a possibility in the future? What are they learning from this, even though they learn these skills in a new way?
We need to constantly keep an open mind, and allow them to be creative in these new ways that we might not even fully understand ourselves. I’m not saying that we should let kids run wild and that they should be able to do whatever they want online, but we should support them in the process of finding their online passions. You never know… The moms and dads who let their kids play video games when they grew up, are some of the parents to the best and well paid E-sports personalities today!
Again: You never know…