Your Role Model!

by Jovana Djurkovic on 27th December, 2011 at 3:30 AM CEST

What was considered to be a role model 10 years ago, and what now?

Today we are faced with extremely mass media influent on young children. In one research, 75% of 15 years old children do not know who was Nikola Tesla, James Watt, some kings and queens from country’s history, etc. But if you ask them who is Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and some famous footballers you will get not only the answer, but their biography too. It’s obvious how mass media are making bad impact on youngest population.

And what lies behind that? Simply the fact that they are not interested in history classes(classes anyway) and they can’t wait to get home and log in FB account to see what their friends from school are posting. Sounds terrible, isn’t it? I’m not saying that internet use should be forbidden for kids, but it will be great to show them some cool links, beside Facebook and on-line tabloids. The links that can help them to learn something more and to see how they can find bunch of interesting stuffs to read about.:)

The good thing is that in that sample on which research was done, there was small percent of kids whose role model is for example Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. They said they like phones and computers and will be IT experts one day! One girls said, I don’t want to be as a Bill Gates, I want to be better. Some other (also small percent) said for the role model they are taking their moms, or dads, and for vast majority of them, the teacher is on second place for being a role model.

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It will be great if teacher can be the one who will once in a week talk with kids about some useful links and even give them homework to find some more :D Kids are great, and all they need is small motivation and leading for doing right things.

Do you have a role model? Share with us who is it, and why? And what do you think about helping kids to discover some great and useful links? Don’t let to mass media create your role model, be the role model by yourself. :)

Hugs from Montenegro,
Jovana (Action Team #6 - C:F Writers)

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Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

Brilliant piece Jovana! Well done!

27th December, 2011 @ 8:23 AM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Desmond Tutu. He handles the most critical of issues with wit and always comes out with solutions and share ideas that if adopted will give amazing outcomes [although his delivery and style could be sometimes confused for idiosyncrasy - guess it's part of his charm]

27th December, 2011 @ 1:45 PM CEST

Vesna Đukanović

Vesna Đukanović

This is great article...Thank u for such an interesting story :))

27th December, 2011 @ 3:17 PM CEST

Faisal  imtiaz

Faisal imtiaz

we done:)

27th December, 2011 @ 4:05 PM CEST



Nice work and it also helps for self reflection too.

28th December, 2011 @ 10:18 AM CEST

Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks C:F friends for your feedback :)

28th December, 2011 @ 8:49 PM CEST

reena kataria

reena kataria

hey gal
as always nice article..:)

i ll say so many things /persons/incidents inspire me every time so for me there is no single person is role model

but i like somethings from every things..:)

n ya we are not interested in history because may be those are not in front of us d way we want...lets say we watch movie with interest ...even if they are from our culture,sci fi,real stories...every kind of...n that way we can learn so many things about some customs ,some person ,some events

lets say every time now any indian festival come..the first thing in my mind is..why this is, whats d purpose n all detail ...so that i can tell my sweet friend jovana n discuss with her...thats y i came to know so many interesting things from my culture with till to date i didnt know..he he

so facebook helps every time ...in my case...:))

30th December, 2011 @ 12:02 PM CEST



social media is spioling kid of these generation and they think its cool.
steve jobs cos i just love him and God because he is the only perfect being.

30th December, 2011 @ 5:40 PM CEST

Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

hehe...Reena dhaniawad for that.. indeed I learned so much about Indian festivals and all from you. That's why I will one day create an Action team which will write about culture and languages and other intercultural things.

Thanks Ikpa Veronica for sharing your role models. :)

30th December, 2011 @ 9:48 PM CEST

Sameera Ahmed

Sameera Ahmed

Great article ! We need to go beyond our facebooks and our friends to know the rest of our world . ANd yes , be role models.:)

2nd January, 2012 @ 3:48 PM CEST

Afrah Zubair

Afrah Zubair | Action team

Good work! :)

2nd January, 2012 @ 7:55 PM CEST

Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks Sameera and Afrah :)) And Happy New Year dear C:F friends :)

3rd January, 2012 @ 5:05 PM CEST

Muhammad Jehangir Khan

Muhammad Jehangir Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

good article you made point but I agree to disagree with your point of view...

Remember consumerism not eat homes but the way you adopt it...
All are grown-ups and know how todo things...

As far as picture credit goes... I remember that boy from a movie which was all about geeks...

Never hate Geeks... because later or sooner everyone will be endup working with them :)

happy new year :)

3rd January, 2012 @ 10:00 PM CEST

Dharmesh Bhadja

Dharmesh Bhadja | Action team

I would like to share few surveys and statistics here, Jovana.

A recent survey of several thousand middle and high school students. They were asked to name their “Biggest Hero (Role Model). A shocking 24% of those students said “No one”! Educators were cited by just 3.2% of respondents as a hero or role model. Who is giving the guidelines for successful living to our young people? Who is modeling for them? Who is advising them on appropriate language, or general behavior? In too many instances, according to the above survey – No one! (Source: Article on Building the good citizens in Texas)

Second survey:

The nationwide sample of teenagers asked 13- to 17-year-olds to identify the person whom they admire most today as a role model, other than their parents. A follow-up question probed the reasons they define that person as a role model.

Even while limiting the answers to non-parents, family members still comes out on top. The most commonly mentioned role model is a relative—37% of teens named a relation other than their parent as the person they admire most. This is typically a grandparent, but also includes sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
After “family,” teens mention teachers and coaches (11%), friends (9%), and pastors or other religious leaders they know personally (6%).

Notice that a majority of teens indicated that the people they most admire and imitate are those with whom they maintain a personal connection, friendship, or interaction.

Role model plays a great role in our lives.

Very interesting example you have shared. The kids with love of technology and computer know Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. So we may conclude it depends on your interest. Even I don't know many scientists but I know many physicians of my field.

Example has more followers than reason.

Do you know, you are role model to your siblings, cousins and juniors!

6th January, 2012 @ 8:30 PM CEST

Hajdi Kostova

Hajdi Kostova | Action team

Who was your FIRST role model? :) For me, and I guess for most of the children it was one of my parents. We try to imitate them, we dress in their clothes, talk like them.. and eventually we become more like them, than we care to admit =)
But the sad truth is that, in the absence of parents, when kids are left in front of the TV or the computer, it's only natural that they'll find their role models there.
My role model was, and still is my dad. A happy man.

8th January, 2012 @ 10:17 PM CEST

Muhammad Jehangir Khan

Muhammad Jehangir Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

Dharmesh Bhadja & Hajdi Kostova

Impressive work guys...

9th January, 2012 @ 9:07 PM CEST

Vanjo Gerand Gicanal

Vanjo Gerand Gicanal

Awesome !

29th January, 2012 @ 9:57 AM CEST

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