We live in a continuously polarized society. Politicians and those regularly in the public eye have never been more at odds with one another. But what impact does this have on the rest of us, beyond the headlines?
Our Annual Bullying Survey identified that only 30% of young people disagree with the idea that the behaviour of politicians has a direct impact on how they treat others. With the growing amount of headlines about politicians at odds with each other and famous faces breaking the law, we wanted to ask young people what they think of how role models in the limelight have affected them and, perhaps more importantly, what they can do better.
Ditch the Label Asks…
Do You Think that the Behaviour of People in the Public Eye Effects How You Treat Others?
As you can see, even more of you agreed that the behaviour of politicians affects how people treat each other in school. So we decided to ask…
Who do you think would be a better role model?
Lots of you responded with people who you think would be better role models for young people in schools today.
Here are just a few of the most mentioned:
Marcus Rashford, AOC, Billie Eilish, Emma Watson, David Attenborough, Akala, Greta Thunberg, Malala, The Obama Family, Sam Smith, Jameela Jamil, Joe Wicks and Jacinda Ardern.
Lots also suggested groups of people are better role models including:
Artisits, philosophers, young people of colour, activists, NHS heroes and other front line workers, mental health practitioners, small business owners and normal people just like the rest of us.
So what does this mean?
The fact that 80% of you think that the role models we have today are not the ones we need is pretty scary. Every newspaper, social media feed and news website is always full of how politicians are constantly fighting with each other, and being exposed to this all the time obviously has a negative impact on young people.
So we want to know from you – how can we solve our role model problem? Answer in the comments!