Mom, When I Grow Up, I Want To Be An Influencer
Shropshire Mums on Thu Sep 26 11:26 2019
Mom, When I
Grow Up, I Want To Be An Influencer
September 24, 2019 If you ask your children
what they want to be when they grow up, there is a good chance that the answer
will be “an influencer.” Astronauts and ballerinas were quite popular for a
long time. But it’s not the case anymore. The question is - what should you do
Dictionary explains word influencer as “a person or thing that influences
another.” And it has a clarification as a marketing term: “A person with the
ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting or
recommending the items on social media.”
But kids see influencers as
someone who is having fun and is showing that for others to see. Channels for
that might differ, it can be Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, blogs or personal
websites. But the idea remains the same: to do interesting activities and tell
about them later.
Astronauts Are Cool, But
YouTubers Are Cooler
Astronauts are cool. But for
today’s youngsters, astronauts are not as cool as YouTubers. The Harris Polls
surveyed 3000 kids and asked them what they would like to be when they grow up.
The results show that children are
three times more likely to aspire to be a YouTuber (29%) than an Astronaut
As for an astronaut, kids
understand that there’s a long road until they can hit the space. The unique
part about being a YouTube creator is that you don’t really need to grow up for
that. It is possible to kickstart a YouTubers career, with an idea and a
smartphone only. When social media platforms are so accessible, parents often
consider should they prevent, promote, or ignore kids' activity on it.
First Of All: Screens Are Not So Bad
Most parents control
children's screen time. And it’s one of the first concerns towards influencers
wannabes. Content (videos, pictures, blogs) are made, edited, and uploaded via
screens. And all that process can add up to quite some time. But as the latest
study shows, you shouldn’t worry about that.
Back in February Oxford
University published a study about the associations
between well-being and digital technology. And results show that screens have
close to no effect on kids' psychological health. It is still a good idea to
remain caring for screen time. But it shouldn’t be the reason to discourage
your children from their online aspirations.
Influencers Gonna Influence
Kids often imagine that an
influencer must be a vlogger. And as a parent, you can guide your children to
different paths. Since online media is just a platform, there is no content
rulebook for what could or couldn’t be done.
If you think that your kids
shouldn’t put aside the science, you can encourage them to create science
experiments’ content. Or if you know that your children have spectacular
imagination, recommend them to write a Sci-Fi blog. If your kids want to be
YouTubers, but you don’t like the idea of them being visible in the videos, you
can suggest making stop-motion animation with LEGO or modeling clay.
Opportunities are endless.
Fun And Games Can Bring Valuable Skills
It’s possible that this
influencer thing is just a phase for your children. But if you turn your kids'
energy the right way, it can help them to develop valuable skills. For example,
when writing a blog, children work on their creativity, spelling, and punctuation. Or if you encourage your kids to create their own blogs’
website, they start to learn web development. Hosting for a website costs less
than a dollar per month, but the lessons it can bring are priceless.
Arnas Stuopelis, Chairman of
the Board of hosting provider Hostinger, says: “Creating a website
can be both fun and enriching activity for a kid. Children are extremely
receptive these days. They can take-up new skills easily. Creating a website
seems like a game for them, but one day it might turn into a career path.”
Even if influencers'
aspiration sounds strange to you, it can bring opportunities for your kids to
learn and grow. You shouldn’t be afraid of something you don’t understand at
first. Instead, talk to your kids about what kind of influencers they like. Get
to know what exactly they would like to do online. And suggest a path that
could help them play and improve at the same time.