A Brief Guide to Parenting your Children’s Digital Identity (and Future)

Laurent Balmelli
6 min readDec 20, 2020

Future Life — article 2/4

This series of essays is about the impact of technologies on future life, in particular on the areas of employment, parenting, education and our social interactions. I discuss proposed adaptations to cope with the increased pace of living, the underlying -yet often hidden- complexities of our connected world and the implications on our choices regarding skill development, lifelong learning and digital identity.

Parenting Needs Acceleration Too

It is well understood now that the pace of technology improvements has leaped beyond the ability of humans to adapt fast enough. Expectedly, if humans are not changing fast enough, so aren’t the institutions. This phenomenoun poses challenges to parenting our children’s digital identity.

The acceleration of technology changes compounded with the acceleration of globalization and climate change has yieled a global identity crisis. This resulted in the rise of populism and a double-headed leaning of the electorate towards the extremes (far right and far left). All these phenomena are discussed in the recent literature . As a parent of two pre-teens, my immediate concern is whether I should accelerate my parenting as well?

Parental Training (Photo by Alternate Skate on Unsplash)

Parenting acceleration has to align with the three accelerations discussed by Thomas Friedman that I mentioned above, i.e. globalization, climate change and technology. In this article I’m focusing on only one of them: technology. An approach to the problem is to consider what constitutes an early digital education for our children that addresses what contributes to the identity crisis

The Bridge Between Two Identities

There are many parenting guides and they have never been more popular than recently. Few are the parents who do not wish to have highly successful children. Globalization…

Laurent Balmelli

Professional in cyber-security, innovation, life-long learner; startup with successful exit; Guest professor at Keio University Grad. School, Tokyo Japan