The current age kids are growing up in a digital age surrounded by gadgets of all shapes and sizes and for all purposes. These kids are so tech savvy that they no more ask their parents any doubts because the ever attentive Siri is ready to answer all their questions. With so much exposure to social media and technology, these kids are slowly forgetting basic humility. It’s time to teach them that.
- Teach to think beyond oneself: The digital age kids are self-sufficient and very independent; they sadly do not know to look beyond them. Therefore, draw their attention to events and people either in news or in your community who have made a difference or are undergoing some trials. This will spur them to think about others and less about themselves.
- Filter the importance of filter: Let them learn that life is not as easy as changing the filters on their Instagram posts. Instill in them the desire to look beyond materialistic things and improve their personality, have a good value system and imbibe proper work ethics. They must know that life is not all about looks but what is within and their interaction with people around them.
- Art of apology: Since much of their lives are open on social media, any mistake they commit is also out in the open for everyone to criticize. Teach them, the importance of apologizing especially on a public
As parents, we take great care in choosing educational toys for 2 year olds but we do not give the same importance to teaching them humility and compassion. As parents and teachers, the onus is on us to teach them to mingle and become a part of the society. The ability to handle technology and have knowledge at their fingertips makes them proud and encourages a false sense of wellbeing. We must open their eyes to reality and teach them to be humble.