Kids and feels: some pros and cons

It’s the year 2026 and young people across the country are sharing feelings with their friends, teachers, and families. Players are building a rich set of forecasts and provocative questions about what this might mean for our relationships with one another, especially across generations.

Player Little Sunflower writes that this would be a fantastic tool for helping kids communicate with their parents, without having to talk about difficult feelings.

Positive Imagination card that reads: "This could help parents understand their kids better instead of kids going "You just don't get me" #Tipton284.  “Parents could understand teenagers and help them feel more comfortable in their skin,” adds player shirin r.

But would this technology be appropriate for kids? And who would decide? We know that every new technology causes concern when it’s being used by youth, from comic books in the 1950s, to television since the 1960s, to VR in the foreseeable future. When it comes to sharing feelings, Player kak101 thinks we might need to consider some age limits.

Shadow Imagination card that reads: age limit for sure, maybe even 25 as that is when the brain is fully developed #REA If we limit the technology to older people, however, we’ll miss out on the incredible possibilities for deeper understanding across generations – even for babies, who don’t yet have the power of words to express their feelings. One of the earliest Big Builds in the game has been around using this new tool to help parents understand newborns.

Positive Imagination card reads: Understand when your newborn is upset #mentalhealth

We are already starting to see baby wearables today – smart socks like the Owlet that keep an eye on your baby’s sleep during the night, and connected onesies like the Mimo that track respiration patterns, sleep activity, skin temperature and body position. It seems likely that if we had the technology to translate baby feelings, parents would definitely want to use it.

We have never felt babies’ feelings – or at least, not since we were babies, and we don’t remember that. Would we have to come up with a whole new way of making sense of baby emotions? That’s the question that player shirin r asks:

Investigate card reads: What if the baby's thoughts are all jumbled. Like if we could not understand the feelings because we do not know how to react to themFrom parents understanding their teens better, to brand new interpretations of the mysterious world of babies, it’s clear that increased visibility into one another’s emotions would transform the way we connect across different age groups.