IDENTIFYING ALPHA GENERATION AND HOW TO DEALING WITH THEM
Alpha generation or commonly called gen-A is generation after X, Y and Z. Although by definition Y, Z, and Alpha generation are both known as native digital generation (born and raised in the internet age), but each generation are familiar with the internet at different age levels. Y generation, as the first native digital generation, knew the internet in adolescence and early adulthood, while Z generation was those who knew the internet in childhood. Then this Y and Z generation gave birth to the Alpha generation, where from birth they have lived in a world with rapid technological development. Alpha generation is the generation born after 2010 with the oldest age are children aged 8 years.
There are several characteristics you need to know about this generation:
Familiar with technology
The Alpha generation was born when technology was sophisticated and was commonplace. Therefore, since they are babies, they have become familiar with gadgets such as smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Unfortunately at this time the Alpha generation makes objects that have screens such as gadgets and televisions as ‘caregivers’, because often parents give their children gadgets with the excuse that their children are not fussy and calm.
“The ideal is that we continue to accompany. Because there must be positive things (from gadgets) as long as they are accompanied. But there are also many who are still absent with important reasons that are easy, “according to Binky Paramitha, Educational Psychologist.
Having high intelligence
Alpha generation is also predicted to have high intelligence beyond previous generations. Besides being easy to access information, parents of the Alpha generation are also more literate about nutrition and have provided the best nutrition for their children even since they were still in the womb.
Changing play behavior
The emergence of sophisticated games that are interesting for children of the Alpha generation also helped make the patterns of play behavior change. If Millennial children still have many opportunities to play outside the home, then the Alpha generation children spend more time indoors.
“The reasons are so many, first the environment is not supportive, security. If in the past you could still play bicycle freely, the playground would be increasingly minimal. Then when the child starts school, the children’s school hours are until noon, in the afternoon they go to school first, go home, tired, there are still more assignments, “said Binky.
Far from books and magazines
Books and physical magazines are now beginning to be replaced with electronic books or e-books. Even introductory books at school can now be uploaded and put into gadgets so that children no longer need to read physical books.
Creating your own technology
Not just being users, Alpha generation children also create technology. You may have heard of coding learning classes for children. By having coding skills, children not only use existing applications but can also create or modify applications that they use.
Tips for Dealing with Alpha Generation Children
One of the challenges that will be faced by the parents of the Alpha generation is that their children will prefer something that is fast and instant. When he damages things he has, such as toys, for example, the Alpha generation tends to prefer to buy new toys rather than repair them. This will also affect the ability to solve problems.
“So if for example there is a little that is not true, whether in him or in his relationship with others he does not solve the problem,” said Binky.
Social interaction will also be reduced because they are less likely to leave the house and prefer to interact with technology. Finally, social norms can shift.
To deal with Alpha generation children, Binky suggests the first thing that needs to be done is to understand the needs of children including growth and development.
Second, parents must realize the potential of children and understand their weaknesses and strengths so that parents can provide prevention if he has the potential to lead to something negative.
Third, play with children. The aim is to foster good relations with children so that children trust parents.
Fourth, teach social abilities, including empathy, understanding other people’s feelings, also building relationships with others. Parents can be a bridge for children to build social skills, for example when children are still shy to get acquainted with new friends, then parents can help children to introduce themselves
Source: kompas.com, kumparan.com