A seven-year-old Australian girl has become an internet sensation after delivering a TED Talk on parenting.
Molly Wright, from Queensland, took to the stage to tell adults around the world how they can do a better job interacting with their children.
Find out more about Molly’s TED Talk in the video above
She’s the youngest person to ever give a TED Talk – and the video of her talk has already had more than 100,000 online views.
“My talk today is about things grown-ups can do to shape us as children,” she says in the talk.
There are no second takes, and no teleprompters – just a rapt audience hanging off the young girl’s every word.
Molly is the new young spokesperson of Andrew “Twiggy” and Nicola Forrest’s “Thrive by Five” campaign for their philanthropic Mindaroo Foundation.
The campaign champions the idea that the first 1,000 days of children’s life are crucial to their development.
“If we don’t take charge and look after our early years, then everything we do later is just a patch-up,” Nicola Forrest says.
In her talk, Molly suggests that simple interactive games like Peek-a-Boo can quite literally change lives.
“Every moment is an opportunity to connect, talk and play,” she says.
“Imagine the difference we could make it everyone, everywhere did this.”
The young girl’s speech brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation.
She chastised parents for their over-reliance on technology, saying it could have harmful long-term effects on kids.
In one part of her talk, she showed a dad using his iPad and ignoring his one-year-old child who was trying to reach out for attention.
“Kids are hardwired to seek out meaningful connections and not receiving them causes confusion and stress,” she says.
“Interactions early and often matter.
“Take it from me, the seven-year-old up here talking about brain science.”
Molly’s speech has already been shown in maternity wards around Australia and UNICEF has plans to support the global distribution of the film.
It will also be placed in 1,400 doctor’s waiting rooms across Australia.
You can watch the full TED Talk here.