Who would you pick to be your child’s hero?

March 27, 2018

We asked mums and dads to share their views on heroes and role models for their children; 74% of parents said they were concerned about the celebrity culture children aspire to. See more interesting results in our infographic…

We asked parents who their biggest hero was when they were growing up and their mums and dads were the top choice! 51% of parents also thought that they were their child’s hero, and they were right – mum and dad were in first place when we asked our members! You can find out what else our members said here.

When it comes to who parents think makes a good role model for children, Sir David Attenborough and Tim Peake came out on top among both mums and dads, with sportswoman Jessica Ennis-Hill also featuring in the top five.

Harry Potter, Wonderwoman and Matilda featured as favourite fictional heroes for both mums and daughters. However, top choice among dads was Indiana Jones, whilst sons went for Spider-Man.

Interestingly, 74% of parents are concerned about the celebrity culture that children aspire to, with reality TV stars being the lowest ranked role model for children. Footballers were also seen as bad role models, who were the top choice of heroes for boys aged 4-14 in our survey.

What type of hero would your child choose to write about? We inspired children to write a heroic-themed story for our National Young Writers’ Awards!

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