At SuperAwesome, when it comes to kids trends, we like to go straight to the experts for their opinions (and drawings). Last year, we asked PopJam’s community to predict 2018’s biggest kids trends, and they accurately called out that slime, unicorns, fidget toys, squishies and iPhones would be the biggest hits of 2018.
When we checked in with the community for 2019’s kids trends, many kids predicted similar strands filtering through into next year. However, increasingly, kids are moving away from obsession with tangible objects like squishies, and directing their attention to the digital.
Here’s what the community called out for 2019:
At Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, pocket.watch’s Chris Williams, SuperAwesome‘s Dylan Collins, Symantec’s Darren Shou, and Contently’s Joe Lazauskas met to discuss the influence of kids online, and the task of marketing safely to this audience.
At the start of this year we asked PopJammers about their trend predictions for 2018 and have followed each quarter to see how accurate they were.
Slime, squishies, unicorns and iPhones have been huge this year. Fidget spinners didn’t last the year and no one saw Fortnite coming, but as usual the experts on kids (the kids themselves) were pretty spot on. Continue reading
Real-time data on kids digital behaviour is key for every company operating in the kids sector, but it can be hard to come by. Children’s trends and behaviours shift quickly, and compliantly collecting information on these behaviours can be difficult.
At the start of this year we shared Kids’ Trend Predictions for 2018 from the 7-12 audience of our kid-safe PopJam platform. They said 2018 would be the year of slime, unicorns, fidget spinners, squishies and iPhones. They weren’t wrong.
At the end of Q1 we checked back in with the PopJammers to see what was trending, and the Floss dance, Fortnite, Roblox, slime and squishies topped the charts. Now, heading into the latter half of 2018, we’re seeing new trends, as well as some brand-new takes on their existing faves… Continue reading
In our first quarterly review of 2018, we surveyed PopJammers across the UK, US and Australia to reveal what’s been trending with kids so far this year.
SPOILERS: Fortnite and the Floss are HUGE.
Mattel’s CTO Sven Gerjets joined our CEO Dylan Collins onstage at Collision Conference in New Orleans for a comprehensive discussion on the future of tech and toys in the kids market.
Speaking with Leah Hunter of Fast Company, they cover the necessity for creating responsible digital experiences for kids, what a zero-data internet looks like in practice, and how ensuring that products are private by design can ensure that kids grow up in a safe environment.
2017 was the year of the “youthquake”. Millennials and Gen-Zers were dismissed as too busy taking selfies and eating avocados to vote; but the UK general election saw the 18-24 year old turnout reach a 25-year high. In fact, there’s been a noticeable trend of increasing youth political participation; from the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum where 75% of 16-17 year olds turned out, to Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial election where young people voted in historic numbers.
What’s this got to do with kids’ social platforms? Hear me out.
Children have always used art to explore the boundaries of their imagination whether that be with finger paint, sketching under the covers – or now, more recently, using digital art platforms and tablets. While Gen X-ers might see something to mourn in the switch from real-life creativity to online exploration, the basic beauty of curiosity and creativity still exists on the digital playground. On PopJam, we see this most clearly in the evolution of Original Characters.
So, what are they?
On PopJam, we don’t collect data on our users. Our kid-safe content sharing platform for under 13s is fully COPPA and GDPR compliant, and we have an active and creative community who love to offer their thoughts on the digital world around them.
We started a discussion about what worries them about being online and here are their top five fears.