Every Child is DIfferent....

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Platypus welcomed placement student Amelia into our office this month, to assist in the research for our forthcoming conference. Read what she found out about Platypus but most importantly about researching REAL kids in 2015....

As curriculums get stricter, children are required to tick more boxes. They’re pushed through a rigid education system whilst at risk of losing their uniqueness.

Instead, I feel we ought to strive to encourage their differences. Platypus understands every child is different. In a culture where everyone is at risk of stereotypes, Platypus sees each child as an individual and is eager to use their depths of individuality to see what makes them tick. Young people are very intuitive and respond to their environment, absorbing details of the world we live in and finding their feet as they grow.

As we move further into the digital age, parents have a choice to shield their children from technology or embrace it. It is hard for us to avoid technology. Children have masses of stimulation from their mobile tablets to game consoles. The ease of access to these devices makes them hard to avoid. But, if we’re avoiding stereotypes, are we to say this is bad stimulation for our children?

Currently, Platypus are investigating if content of television and character based media is changing. We are trying to understand what we can learn from technologies that put the child in control of what they access. As technologies become far more advanced and are capable of stimulating children’s interests, whatever they may be, we can start to see links between past and present.

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Perhaps, thirty years ago it was more common for children to build forts and dens out of rubbish or to play ballgames on the street. Now, it seems more children enjoy fantastical television programmes or world-building computer games. Both situations offer children to have complete control over their own entertainment. They’re able to create and choose their own spaces for escape, eager to learn more about their environment, whether this be real or digital. Learning is a creative process through which children continually reconfigure their view of the world, and we want to question whether this is still achievable through their ease of access to technology.

Children are an integral part to understanding our world. The environment we bring them into is what will shape their childhood. Understanding their opinions and their imaginations will help us create a world they can feel safe and happy to be a part of. Real children can give us the intuition and insight to help change the paradigms and ensuring they are seen as important, creative members of our society.

Amelia Dray

May 2015




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