If you’re anything like me, you still remember the exact moment you heard about a cool new website called thefacebook.com or the first time you ever laid eyes on a first generation iPhone that you had to swipe and tap to operate. (I was at a restaurant in NYC and a friend of a friend who worked in finance busted it out to calculate the tip. My mind was blown.)
But get this: Generation Alpha—kids born between 2011 and 2025—will never ever know a world without email, social media and more. (Yes, technically, a child born in 2005 grew up with much of the technology we now use—but they probably didn’t have their baby photos splashed all over Instagram, which launched in 2010.) So, what does that mean for their lives and how do we instill heathy boundaries? We asked Shari D. Cameron, head of school at BASIS Independent Schools for Brooklyn Lower to weigh in.