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The Generation Alpha Report

Posted on June 19th, 2019 in Children's Brands PR,Consumer PR,Taylor Herring News.

Move over Millennials and Gen Z, here comes Generation Alpha

Major new study reveals the attitudes and behaviours of the next generation of Brits under age 10

British children under age 10 are a tribe of tech-savvy, environmental-activists who are embracing traditional outdoor activities, according to a new in-depth study into the behaviour, goals and attitudes of Generation Alpha.

The ground-breaking research charts the rise of kids born since 2010 (the year Instagram and the iPad launched), with the UK on course to hit peak Gen Alpha in 2025 – by which time there will be 2 billion around the globe.

 

The wide-ranging report, carried out by Beano Studios’ in-house kid first consultancy Beano for Brands, of over 2,000 British children and their parents, reveals 86% of kids under 10 are using new technology to design, build and make things.

With over half of those surveyed (55%) regularly creating video content; tinkering with electronics (47%); enjoying robotics (43%) and computer coding (36%) – Gen Alpha has the potential to spawn the next wave of Elon Musks before they even leave school.

Although they are the first generation born in a truly digital world, Gen Alpha say they are not tech-dependent, unlike their selfie and app-addicted millennial parents.

Almost half (48%) of Gen Alpha kids often spend time away from devices and tech, compared with just 29% of their older siblings (Gen Z).

The activities they’re interested in are more reminiscent of their grandparents than their parents, with more Gen Alpha kids (42%) enjoying handicraft activities like knitting and crochet than Gen Z kids (32%). The research shows 98% are still playing outside, and nearly three quarters (72%) are still climbing trees.

The research also reveals that Gen Alpha will be a new wave of activists, questioning everything ranging from stereotypes on gender to climate change denial. Already one in five kids (19%) aged between 5-9 have been on a march or protest about something they care about. Half of Gen A parents (47%) support their children speaking out when it comes to activism.

Emma Scott, CEO at Beano Studios, said: “Gen Alpha is the generation that will seek to bend the digital world to their needs and ambitions and not be defined or consumed by it; they will set aside our current worldview stereotypes of identity and difference and their love for cherishing and saving the physical world around them will literally change the face of our planet. Beano for Brands’ Generation Alpha report is just the beginning. We’ve only just started to scratch the surface of this exciting, impassioned generation. With the oldest of Gen Alpha yet to reach secondary school, Beano for Brands will continue to monitor their progress and educate the world on who they are and what we as parents, educators, legislators and businesses need to do to keep up with them.”

Amongst the many findings of the Beano for Brands report, are Five Trends of Gen Alpha that are set to define the upcoming generation:

1. Digital Masters: When it comes to all things online and digital, Gen Alpha are streets ahead of their digital native millennial parents.

2. The New Old Fashioneds: Despite their digital mastery, and almost being born with a mobile device in their hands, Gen Alpha are nonetheless showing signs of being the ‘new old fashioneds’ with a return to ‘playing out’ and valuing family time.

3. Creative Entrepreneurs: Gen Alpha look set to be the ‘architechs‘ of a new found tech-enabled creativity

4. Activists in the Home: From school strikes to protesting against single use plastics, Gen Alpha kids are the activists in the home. They question everything from stereotypes on gender to climate change denial.

5. Post-Stereotypes: Gen Alpha is the first generation to judge people by who they are, not what they are.

A topline summary of the research and access to the full whitepaper can be found at <URL>.

Notes to Editors:

The Five Trends of Gen Alpha – In Depth

Trend One: DIGITAL MASTERS:

When it comes to all things online and digital, Gen Alpha are streets ahead of their digital native millennial parents.

Parents Behaving Badly

Gen Alpha is the first generation of digital masters, and it’s their digital native millennial parents who are lagging behind their children’s tech-spectations.

Even though they are still aged under 10, nearly half of Gen Alpha kids (45%) are anti-‘sharenting’ and want their parents to ask their permission before posting their photograph online, while the majority of parents (60%) disagree and would post without asking.

Bad Influencer(s) and Cancel Culture

Gen Alpha has a strong moral compass and are outspoken critics of the attitudes, ideologies and behaviours of some social media influencers.

The report shows that two thirds (62%) of Gen Alpha frequently see YouTubers behaving in ways with which they don’t agree.

And they don’t passively accept it. Cancel Culture is alive and well for Gen Alpha.

Take YouTube megastar James Charles who lost 3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel in just days as a reaction to what young followers saw as brattish and ungrateful behaviour.

Fake News spotters

Parents also greatly underestimate their children’s confidence online, with 73% of Gen Alpha saying they’re confident using the internet and know what to do if they see something upsetting. Only 58% of their parents thought this was the case.

Compared to the kids’ point of view, it appears that parents underestimate Gen Alpha’s confidence online and their propensity for discovery, while overestimating the skills of Gen Z children (58% and 85% respectively).

Gen Alpha are inquisitive and don’t take information at face value. Some 73% think it’s important to question what’s online and, despite ‘fake news’ only entering mass consciousness in January 2017 through Donald Trump, three in 10 (31%) already feel they know how to spot it.

Trend Two: THE NEW ‘OLD FASHIONEDS’

Despite their digital mastery, and almost being born with a mobile device in their hands, Gen Alpha are nonetheless showing signs of being the ‘new old fashioneds’ with a return to ‘playing out’ and valuing family time.

Rather than being hooked to a screen in their bedrooms, Gen Alpha has a new tech-enabled freedom which empowers them to get out and about channeling their natural curiosity and using screens to learn about good old fashioned playing out.

They are being encouraged to get back to nature by their millennial parents – perhaps as a reaction against their own more cosseted upbringing.

They like to play outdoors rather than inside and are encouraged to play independently and ‘go their own way’ while developing interests in ‘old fashioned’ activities like foraging, bushcraft, treehouse-making and den-building.

Gen Alpha still enjoys playing outside often (47%) with nearly a third preferring to play outside ‘all the time’ rather than watching other kids playing with toys on YouTube (29% vs 19%).

Gen Alpha is tech-empowered, not tech-dependent. Unlike selfie and app-addicted millennials, almost half (48%) of Gen Alpha kids often spend time away from devices and tech, compared with just 29% of their older siblings Gen Z. The activities they’re interested in are more reminiscent of their grandparents than by their parents, with more Gen Alpha kids (42%) enjoying handicraft activities like knitting and crochet than Gen Z kids (32%).

Parents’ concern about kids spending too long on screens is understandable, but the research shows 98% are still playing outside, and nearly three quarters (72%) are still climbing trees.

Gen Alpha very comfortably straddles the online and the natural world and more highly value time spent with the family and the older generations than their older sblings – reconnecting generations in a way that was recently less common. Sixty-two per cent of Gen Alphas are spending time with older people (i.e. grandparents) every week.

Trend Three: CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS

Gen Alpha look set to be the ‘architechs’ of a new found tech-enabled creativity.

The study found that 86% of Gen Alpha kids enjoy designing, making and building things and their specific interests are encouraging reading for creative and tech industries:

– Over half (55%) enjoy making creative videos
– 47% of Gen Alpha enjoy tinkering with electronics
– Two thirds like creating new worlds digitally
– Four in ten (43%) enjoy robotics
– Over a third (36%) enjoy computer coding

Gen Alpha has the potential to be creative entrepreneurs, valuing talent and skills and having the vision to translate creativity into business realities. Over half of Gen Alphas believe they could make a career out of their hobby, and 60% of their parents agree. Amazingly, a fifth are already making money from their hobbies.

With unfettered access to information, and a natural interest in this tech-empowered creativity, this will potentially be the generation which spawns the next Elon Musks before they even leave school – which businesses and universities should be thinking about how to harness.

Trend Four: ACTIVISTS IN THE HOME

From school strikes to protesting against single use plastics, Gen Alpha kids are the new activists in the home. They question everything from stereotypes on gender to climate change denial.

Kids are known for pester power – but their influence is no longer defined by the scream for a chocolate bar at the supermarket checkout. The recent kids’ protests over the environment shows the direction Gen Alpha seems to be heading, and one in five of those aged between 5-9 have already been on a march or protest for something they care about. No doubt supported by their parents, almost half of whom support their children speaking out.

Kids are significant influencers in their own homes – across everything from choice of car to holiday destination to the weekly shop. And increasingly, Gen Alpha kids are being guided by their moral compass to focus on ‘pestering’ for good. Beano for Brands’ previous research showed that 40% of 6-14 year olds visiting Beano.com feel it’s their responsibility to save the planet.

Trend Five: POST-STEREOTYPES

Gen Alpha are the first generation to judge people by who they are, not what they are.

Gen Alpha girls are encouraged to reject narrow gender stereotypes of themselves as ‘princesses’ and ‘dreamers’ – to take inspiration instead from rebellious and capable women across cultures and history, to aspire towards athleticism and STEM accomplishments, and to reimagine girlhood as something empowering and liberating.

Gen Alpha has moved on from a binary rejection of pink for girls into a post-stereotype mindset – perhaps summed up best by the attitude ‘I can wear pink AND play football’. This is supported by their parents, 6 in 10 of whom agree that inclusive product ranges are important. Yet there’s a distinct gap in attitude towards gender itself between parents and their Gen Alpha kids, with 32% of parents feeling their child’s gender doesn’t matter, compared to 58% of kids.

Will Gen Alpha be the generation of Rebel Girls and Lost Boys?

While parents of girls are more likely to agree they don’t want their child limited by their gender, parents of boys are showing a generational difference from Gen Z boys to Gen Alpha, with a +8% shift, suggesting parents are becoming increasingly keen boys aren’t left behind.

This concern is reflected by the children themselves, with 66% of girls agreeing their gender is not important, but only half of boys, indicating that gender does matter to boys more and reflecting a wider debate about the role of boys in today’s society.

Finally, the study suggests Gen Alpha will form, project and take pride in social identities based on their own individual feelings, thoughts and interests as opposed to those dictated to them by external forces.

Already, older Gen Alphas are using social engagement and activism to critique the political status quo. The report shows that 19% of Gen Alpha have taken part in a march or protest on an issue they care about.

This activism is inspired in part by Gen Alpha and Gen Z parents, who believe it is important that children are encouraged to speak out and stand up for what they believe in.

About Beano for Brands:

Beano for Brands is a kid first consultancy for brands wanting to engage with older kids, Generation Alpha and their parents.

Beano Studios is a rebellious content business, driven by insight and data, which creates, curates and delivers entertainment for kids of all ages worldwide. The Studio produces diverse entertainment across multiple destinations; including TV, digital content, theatrical projects, consumer products, plus the legendary comic and annual.

The multi award-winning Beano.com is the UK’s fastest growing kid’s entertainment site, with 5M monthly reach across the Beano network.

Beano Studios’ International Emmy nominated Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! has now landed on Netflix in the US after becoming the CBBC’s highest rated animation at launch and sold across Europe. In 2018 SO Beano!, a presenter-led entertainment show inspired by the hottest trends and most loved content on Beano.com, launched on Sky Kids.

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Britain’s youngest pilot offered mentorship by easyJet

Posted on March 19th, 2019 in Travel PR.

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Britain’s youngest licensed pilot sixteen-year-old Ellie Carter has been offered a mentorship to help her fulfil her career aspirations by easyJet, the UK’s largest airline.

Ellie hit headlines in January 2019 after she became the youngest solo powered aircraft pilot in Britain.

She also became the youngest solo glider pilot, after completing two six-minute flights on her 14th birthday.

Europe’s leading airline easyJet has offered Ellie mentoring with Line Training Captain Zoe Ebrey, as part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to attract more women into the profession.

Globally, women account for just one in 20 of the world’s pilots. easyJet is leading the industry with its recruitment drive with opportunities ranging from cadet pilots starting their career to experienced co-pilots and captains.

easyJet is encouraging young people to aim high and think beyond stereotypes by championing female pilots of the future.

The airline is on track for the target to ensure 20 per cent of all its new trainee pilots are women by 2020, with 15% of entrants in 2017 being female.

New research by easyJet of 2,000 British parents and children aged six to 16 commissioned by Europe’s leading airline easyJet, revealed that over half (52%) of young girls would consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and over a quarter (27%) would consider a career as a pilot.

The study found that despite a drive to break down gender barriers in employment, over half (51%) of British children believe their career choices are restricted by traditional ideas of ‘men’s’ and ‘women’s’ jobs.

The figure is similar (66%) for their parents, showing the situation has barely changed in a generation.

Aspiring pilot Ellie Carter said, “I’ve been interested in the physics and powered flight from as young as I can remember. Flying absolutely amazes me and continues to surprise me and so I can see how rewarding a career as a pilot could be. I hope that my story will encourage young girls to accomplish whatever they set their mind to, because if I can do it, so can they. I’m overwhelmed with the support I’ve had from the public and ecstatic that easyJet have offered me this opportunity which will help me on my way to pursuing the career of my dreams – I can’t wait to get started!”

Zoe Ebrey, easyJet Training Captain and Ellie’s mentor said: “It’s fantastic to meet such a passionate young commercial pilot in the making. Ellie’s drive, determination and achievements to date are impressive and I look forward to helping her more on her journey.” Captain David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations for easyJet said: “We want our people to reflect the diversity of the customers we fly and the communities in which we operate and so encouraging more girls and women to take on this hugely rewarding career is an integral part of this. I’m really pleased that we are currently on track for our target of ensuring 20% of our new pilot entrants are women by 2020.”

To find out how to become a pilot for easyJet visit http://becomeapilot.easyjet.com/

Brexit Bus billboards hit the streets ahead of Channel Four drama

Posted on January 7th, 2019 in Taylor Herring News.

Channel 4 have unveiled their own ‘Brexit Bus’ this morning ahead of tonight’s airing of Brexit: The Uncivil War, a new drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Styled to mimic the infamous Vote Leave campaign coach – the vehicle bears a new slogan – ‘Take back the remote control’.

The campaign was unveiled in Westminster as part of a tour that takes in London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Cardiff, Bristol and Reading.

The campaign was designed and executed by creative PR agency Taylor Herring.

To mark the launch of the new film, the broadcaster also commissioned an exclusive study into the national conversation about Brexit and obtained data from Twitter revealing just how much it has dominated our thoughts since the referendum.

Research reveals that Brits can’t avoid Brexit, as we have over 92 million conversations about it every 24 hours, while the term ‘Brexit’ is heard more than 507 million times a day in the UK.

New figures from Twitter show there have been 180 million tweets globally mentioning Brexit since the beginning of January 2016 – but only two thirds of those have come from the UK.

Channel 4’s new film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings, telling the new story of how the campaign ran behind the scenes.

Brexit: The Uncivil War airs on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm

 

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