Daddy lets you look at a slideshow, spot the magically appearing star. Boy genius!
Or, to convert it from an unsubtle put-down to a more accurate description, it's a straightforward example of something that astronomers have long pointed out: Despite being one of the hardest of "hard sciences", astronomy is a field that has always made good use of interested amateurs. This is yet another of thousands of examples.
The typical explanation is that astronomers do much of their work on high-powered equipment that can give them detailed, close-up views of things out there. This is valuable research, but has the problem that such equipment typically has a tiny field of view, so astronomers often miss interesting things that are outside their tiny fields of view. Astronomy needs people doing wider-angle work, comparing images from different times (and maybe different equipment), to spot interesting things. This is often best done by amateurs with lower-powered equipment. They can report their findings to the astronomers, who can aim their high-powered tools at the coordinates to get the details. Amateurs rarely get paid, but astronomers traditionally reward them by naming discoveries after them.
An interesting extension of this in the "Zooniverse" project, ake the "Galaxy Zoo". Look it up. What they do is take images from the petabytes of data supplied by the newer telescopes, show them to volunteers, and ask them to mark various kinds of "interesting" things in the photos. Each of their projects starts with a short training session showing you one or two examples of what they're looking for. Then you dive into a string of random images, marking them up, and sending them back to the project's computers. Currently, they have a set of details in the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) for people to see and mark up.
This development is interesting partly because it's aimed at amateurs with no special equipment other than a personal computer. They've got very good response, from people who want to while away a few hours looking at pretty pictures of the sky and marking them up. Astronomers have said that their volunteers have led to a lot of interesting discoveries. One of the widely-recognized examples was "Hanny's Voorwerp" (look it up ;-), which was discovered by and named for a young woman who is a Dutch school teacher. It has led to several years of work by many astronomers trying to figure out what that thing is.
So, while mocking this kid might be satisfying, it's missing an important point about how some scientific fields actually work. He's probably good enough already to contribute to this effort. As are most of the readers of slashdot.