How Generation Alpha’s Rebel Parents Hold the Key to Change

By Brittany Stewart

by Danielle Dolin

My parents were Baby Boomers. Today, they would be well into their 60s and, if lucky, retired. They belong to the driven generation, born in a post-WWII world where hard work was a mantra. They grew up in a rougher climate, where society saw limited resources, limited jobs, and limited schooling. Although, like in many generations, my father broke the mold and became a doctor, enjoying a flourishing career. I can still hear my Dad’s voice telling me, “You’ve got to be tough, kid, and work hard to make it in this world.” I live by this, as it has served me well. And, I am sure to remember to tell it to my children.

Over the last 120 years, society has seen eight generations exist: The Lost Generation (1883-1900), The Greatest Generation (1901-1927), The Silent Generation (1928-1945), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Generation X (1965-1980), Millennials (1981-1996), Generation Z (1997-2012), Generation Alpha (early 2010s-mid 2020s). Their names give defining clues to their attributes. For example, the Silent Generation grew up in a world where frugality was an indispensable strategy. Sometimes called the “Traditionalists,” their response to the world was “silent,” and their attitude was cautious. They yearned for stability that the Great Depression eliminated. But, out of all the generations, there is one that should be on everyone’s awareness radar. It’s Generation Alpha.

The oldest child of Generation Alpha today would be about 13 years old. They are the children of Millennials, my generation, and my children. Millennials, as the name suggests, were raised at the turn of the millennium, serving as the last generation to see life before and after the complete digital takeover. This is noteworthy and key to understanding why we should all be concerned for Generation Alpha.

Millennials experienced life without the internet. They have a recollection of how phones and computers were, at one point, a tool. Not an entirely alternate universe. Their developmental years were spent playing outside, listening to Raffi, making make-believe, and actually playing with toys. According to The Center for The Developing Child, “Healthy development in the early years (particularly birth to five) provides the building blocks for educational achievement, economic productivity, responsible citizenship, lifelong health, strong communities, and successful parenting of the next generation.” The importance of those early years is also echoed in a statement from Psychology Today: “Studies have found that children today spend less time engaged in creative or free play, especially outside, than they did in the past, for reasons including increased time spent on digital media… As a result, some advocates argue, kids may be more sedentary, less creative, and less independent.” That’s a knock-out punch to many Millennial parents who have used electronics as a stimulus and babysitters for their children in their developmental years.

Generation Alpha was born with phones in their pockets as they came into this world. These children can swipe a touch screen as early as six months, and most of them have an iPad by the age of five. The luminescent beams are intoxicating for these children who have been exposed to unnatural amounts of radiation since birth. Who needs toys when you can watch someone else playing? Generation Alpha children spend around six hours a day scrolling or watching videos. Has anyone seen WALL-E? Rather than trolling the internet, these children should watch the movie! This generation has seen the most profound developmental delays out of all the generations, surpassing their predecessor, Generation Z. They were just a warm-up for Generation Alpha.

But, to every generation, there are outcasts; anomalies… Kids like the Churchill Club, rebels like boxer James J. Braddock “The Cinderella Man,” pioneers like Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Father Charles Clark, Sally Ride, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and many, many more. They are the hidden families that swim upstream and go against the grain. They are the awake little boys and girls who have a deep yearning for the real, the tangible. Today, these anomalies are either hidden parents of the Millennial generation or their offspring. Additionally, they are awake because Faith is guiding them. They have Faith and put it into action. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17.

Generation Alpha does not have a point of reference like their parents do. Therefore, it is their parents’ job to moderate their electronic usage. It will be impossible to eliminate technology altogether, and honestly, counterproductive, as technology holds many benefits. BUT, it can and should be moderated so that there is not an entire generation devoid of any true intelligence.

Alpha’s world views and personal identity are all derived online through sensationalist garbage, radical group thinking, and mind-numbing waste. Their perspective is far-removed from reality. They are used to the instant gratification that these digital devices promote, much like a drug. As a consequence, Alpha is gearing up for a larger spike in mental illness than Generation Z; more polar, more radical, more obsessive, and more confused. Bringing us to a WALL-E-type age. In 2035, Generation Alpha will be in their 20s, and without a detour, they will be barely sustaining financially because their entirety will be virtual. Spending enough money to have a roof over their heads and keep the internet on. They will be spending all their money on virtual clothes, homes, cars, shopping experiences, relationships, travel, and exercise experiences. It’s hard to imagine!

Generation Alpha has a difficult road ahead and is going to need help to gain perspective. It will be tough. Tough to be outcasts in a world that socializes online, tough to set a different standard apart from their peers. I have Faith, though, like in every generation that there will be a hidden group of renegades, like my father. Millennial Parents and their Generation Alpha offspring, who will clear the muck and deliver a different outcome. Keeping God as their compass. Through Him, we are awake to what he wants for us. It is not a world devoid of naturalism, where children never play with toys, where socialization takes place on a screen, adolescents gain their identity, world view, and political ideology based off of TikTok and YouTube. So, if you are not awake, your six-month-old is scrolling your phone, and your children would rather sit and watch others jump off their beds, do dances, and make slime; it’s time to curb the appetite. Have Faith and make a change.

To all Millennial parents and their Alpha children; make strides to minimize the technology in your lives, shifting to offer alternatives to online activities, and you could very well change the world!

Brittany Stewart, an accomplished writer and educator, draws inspiration from her 23-year marriage and upbringing near Lake Tahoe in Verdi, Nevada, now residing in Tucson, Arizona. With her Bachelor’s degree in Education, emphasizing Native American Literature and Journalism, Brittany is a multifaceted professional who is also a Licensed Massage Therapist. She is deeply involved in Tucson’s homeschooling community, leading a homeschool group, teaching dance, and offering art classes. She and her family have a homestead in Southern Arizona, where her husband hunts and she tends to the garden, emphasizing the importance of God and family in her life while continually seeking adventure through her travels.

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