They’re early starters. They’re entrepreneurial. They’re digital natives to the bone. They’re the children of Generation Z!
Last Saturday, September 9, 2017, Mommy Mundo & Our Awesome Planet brought to the Philippines the first ever conference that taught educators, marketers and parents the fundamental knowledge about dealing with the Zentennials more commonly known as the Gen Zs.
“The internet is not just platform – it’s a gateway to all possibilities and opportunities Gen Z kids would want to claim for themselves. They may get lost within it, but it is a place where they can inspire. It’s a place where they can grow and make a living out of it.” ~ Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines talking about the Generation Z
Co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr, this very first conference of its kind was held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig wherein the country’s top experts, advocates and influencers from the digital, academe, business, and parenting spheres gathered up to share deeper understanding of Generation Z but also have the proper knowledge and skills to become successful content producers.
Nurturing Generation Z: Going Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions
Zentennials are children born year 2000 and up, so if your child is 17 and below, he/she belongs to the Generation Z.
Didi Manahan, Head and Co-Founder of Keys School Manila Inc. debunked the misconceptions when it comes to Zentennials. In her field of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she distinguished the difference of Gen Z to other older generations, and the potential is high.
We are preparing our children for future we don’t know of.
Being the millennial mom that I am, I get the chance to know the world before the internet and I can tell you, it’s much easier back then. Playing meant sunburn skin, skinned knees and when you get super-hyper and missed a calculation, it’s a dip in a nearby open canal for sure.
Today, I’m raising two kids with eyes opened to the latest technology – the apps, the virtual world, the games. If you missed a calculation, it’s game over.
What characterizes Generation Z?
- They use technology as a tool
- Connectivity greatly impacts relationships
- Self-education via online tutorials
Zentennials approach gadgets with ease, they are also known as the citizens of the world because internet makes the world much smaller and closer to each other. They are known for multi-tasking as you can see for several apps running all at the same time.
GENERATION Z or Zentennials are the new generation, different even from millennials, baby boomers and Generation X. If millennials are into experiences, zentennials are creators – filming from a phone, watching videos up to uploading Youtube contents.
The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs
Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy
#Kulayot, my very own Zentennial!
I just nod my head whenever the speaker give a fun fact about the Zentennials. For one, my toddler is opinionated, they really are growing older faster and younger because of the open information they get in the world wide web. But in between the reality and cyberworld, we need to teach our children the power of prayer. Let’s teach them to pray, to be humble and hence, will give them security and peace of mind.
One of the realization I had after this conference is that, despite of the technology that sometimes seems to divide a family being busy in their own cyber world, family for Zentennials are one of the most important things to them. We are living in a difficult time, and with instant news flooding the internet about what is out there, including the bad – war, famine, etc,. Hence, it is a must to detox from time to time from the internet and gadgets to ponder on what’s really important – quality time with the family.