Remember when being creative simply meant drawing a picture of your family, writing a story or putting on a play? Times have changed, but our perception of creativity has stayed the same for the most part. At least that’s what we found in a recent study, conducted by Youth Digital, of parents with a child between the ages of 8 and 14.
Technology has opened up so many possibilities for a new definition of creativity for kids, yet most still tend to think of crayons, paintbrushes, and pencils when arming children for a creative project. These tools are still an important part of the creative process for kids. However, this analogue creativity perception only scratches the surface of what’s possible today. Just look at some of the cool projects our students have created using tech.
The study solicited the opinions of 270 parents from across the United States. The survey showed that, despite the fact that parents feel technology and science are the most important subjects for their child’s education, most don’t think of tech when they’re weighing their options for a creative project for their child.
In fact, 42 percent of parents surveyed listed science and technology as the most important subjects for their child’s education. On the contrary, only 1 in 5 parents thought about using technology first when thinking about creative projects for their child. Most parents (41 percent) thought of traditional creative projects primarily including painting, drawing or writing a story. That being said, it’s not surprising that more than 1 in 3 parents said that their child turns to crayons, paintbrushes, and pencils most often when they’re feeling creative.
However, it’s also interesting to see the difference in perspective between moms and dads. For instance, dads tend to put a higher emphasis on the importance of science and technology education, with 42 percent of dads naming them as the most important subjects. Only 33 percent of moms thought science and technology were the most important subjects. Interestingly, a science experiment was the first thing that came to mind for dads when they were thinking about creative projects for their kids, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) selecting it as their first choice.
We also continue to see a trend of parents becoming more involved with their child’s education across the board. When asked about their biggest concerns about their child’s education, nearly half (49 percent) of parents surveyed cited poor curriculum and ineffective teaching methods. This explains why more parents continue to look for outside resources to help foster their child’s creativity and supplement their education in key subjects like technology and computer science.
Technology presents an unprecedented opportunity for kids to gain valuable skills and use their creativity. Parents see technology as a critical component of their kids’ education and their lives, and there’s a growing opportunity to empower the next generation to have fun learning and be creative with tech.