Research reveals children’s biggest heroes

March 12, 2018

Ever wondered who your child’s biggest hero is? It could be you! In a survey completed by our members, mum and dad came out on top. But who else is a role model for young people? Our infographic reveals some interesting results…

Children's heroes infographics

 

As the theme of our National Young Writers’ Awards is ‘heroes’, we spoke to our members to find out who they think fall into this category. Parents were voted children’s biggest heroes, with 39% of girls choosing their mum and 30% of boys looking up to their dad. But when it came to celebrity role models, girls and boys had different opinions.

Pop stars Little Mix and Ariana Grande were the top choices for girls, and even the judge of our writing competition, David Walliams, was in the top 5! Boys on the other hand were inspired by sportsmen Lionel Messi, Neymar and Usain Bolt.

Harry Potter was a popular fictional hero among both girls and boys, securing the top position for girls and the second spot for boys. Matilda, Wonderwoman and Mary Poppins all featured in the top five heroes for girls, versus superhero characters Batman, Spider-man, Superman and Ironman for boys.

When asked what makes a person a hero, 54% of children said ‘Making great acts of bravery’, which may explain why police officers, doctors, firefighters, soldiers and nurses were chosen as the most heroic professions.

This year we invited children from 4-14 to write a story about a hero for our free writing competition. More information about our National Young Writers’ Awards for 2019 is coming soon!

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