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Last Updated: Wednesday May 04 2005 17:49 GMT

What does being a good role model mean?

Wayne Rooney on the football pitch
Organisers of a schools football tournament have decided that Wayne Rooney is not a good enough role model to be guest of honour at a match.

Should footballers be judged for their bad behaviour on the pitch?

What do you think being a good role model should be about?

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I think being a good role model is to be good and polite so that people that look up to you will also be good and not rude or angry.
Sarah, 12, Farnham

I think a good role model is a person that can change the world in whatever way they do it in.
Christine, 11, Harrow

A good role model is someone who you can relate to and gain knowledge from. They don't have to be famous, they could be your own mum or dad. If you are a football fan Wayne Rooney is a good role model because he is young but has succeeded, kids hear worse language off the television but no complaints about that!
Sophia, 13, Wick

I think a good role model is someone to look up to and not a celeb.
Stephen, 11, Birkenhead

I think that being a good role model means that you set a good example and people want to be like you. You should set a good example especially if you are in the public eye!
James, 15, Gowerton

A good role model is one who sets a good example no matter the circumstances.
Fabio, 14, Luton

A good role model who is someone who is human. Not racist, or always violent, but someone who is down to earth that has influenced people for the better. So what if they swear from time to time? It just shows they're human not robots.
Lora, 15, Cornwall

I think it's someone who sets a good example to others so they learn from him/her.
Zobair, 13, London

I'm in the top year in our school and I'm sick of all the teachers telling us that we have to set an example to the younger people in the school. We're just kids, leave us alone and we'll act as we like and if people choose to copy then that's up to them!!
Lois, 12, Morpeth

It is nothing. You just have to be famous.
Kieran, 11, London

A good role is someone who is good at achieving things and not swearing a lot.
Alza, 10, Doncaster

He's a footballer!!!!! He's allowed to swear once in a while!!! I think the school was stupid to axe him out!!!!
Thomas, 11, London

I think a good role model is someone who shows kids what is right and wrong and they shouldn't just tell them they have to practise it to! Otherwise it is pointless.
Ellie, 13, Devon

I think a good role model is someone you can learn from, and who you respect and admire.
Charlie, 11, Fleet

A good role model is someone who you think is talented and admire. And I think Wayne Rooney is a good role model for young people.
Kirsty, 15, Edinburgh

I think Rooney is a good football player but he behaves very badly.
Liam, 10, Colne

Oh, come on everyone, what's the big deal? Every footballer must have sworn at least once! Why is Rooney getting such a hard time about it?
Bethany, 10, Reading

I don't think that footballers who swear on the pitch should be allowed as they would influence the school kids! His sporting commitment is good but the swearing isn't.
Ben, 11, Nottingham

Even though I disagree with his swearing, I think as a footballer he is a good role model.
Anna, 11, York

I think being a good role model is about not being selfish because if you are then you could really upset someone and hurt their feelings.
Katie, 10, Glasgow

A good role model is someone who isn't rude or aggressive and supports campaigns. They should be kind and get children into fun activities.
Christina, 10, Norwich

I think that footballers should set a good example on the pitch, because if they don't they won't get a good reputation. A good role model is someone who is an inspiration to others because they have done something great.
Annabel, 13, Hemel Hempstead

A good role model means that they should set a GOOD example, not by swearing, and making others swear and smoke and do any other stupid things.
Rachael, 9, Adlington

A good role model is someone who inspires you and makes you believe that you can achieve your goals.
Scarlett, 15, London

A role model is someone who you want to be.
Nicole, 13, London

A good role model can be anyone who you look up to. For example, some people think that Marilyn Manson wouldn't make a good role model, but what he has achieved is incredible. He has everyone against him, yet still manages to be an extremely popular singer.
Lara, 11, Notts

I think it's right for Rooney not to be involved in the tournament or to be in any way connected to it but I can say that he is a very good talent and is one to look out for - and that coming from a Chelsea fan.
Matthew, 13, Lancashire

Being a good role model is about behaving well, about being kind and courteous, and about always trying your best.
Jess, 12, Warwick

A good role model is someone who is an inspiration to others, someone who has achieved something amazing.
Amy, 13, Newport

They should not let people see the footballers swearing because it is setting a bad example to the children that watch it with their parents.
Natalie, 10, Loughton

If people don't like what he says with his mouth, listen to what he says with his skill.
Ian, 15, Edinburgh

To be a good role model means to show the younger generation how to behave and be responsible.
Frankie, 13, Portsmouth

Rooney is not the only footballer in the world that swears. People only make a big deal of Rooney swearing because he is a famous footballer.
Claire, 15, Cannock

A good role model should show respect to everyone and everything. If adults don't show respect how can children be expected to respect people? Respect is not swearing.
Eden, 11, Newcastle

My daddy makes a good role model, because he's always fair and makes me tea after he comes home from work.
Meredith, 13, Rosenburg

A good role model is someone whose influences can make you a better person.
Nancy, 11, London

I think that Wayne Rooney is a good role model - just because he swears on the pitch does not mean he is not good enough.
Laura, 12, London

A good role model is someone who sets a good example to young children. A good role model doesn't swear in the public eye.
Rebecca, 14, Essex

Swearing gives a bad influence to children and a bad look on Wayne Rooney and his career.
Becky,13, Poole

I think a good role model should show kids how to be a good person, they should help others and maybe support a charity. Unlike Wayne Rooney they shouldn't swear because this could show kids that swearing is an ok thing to do when it definitely isn't.
Vadz, 14, Walsall

Swearing in view of the public does not set a good example which is what I think being a good role model is all about.
James, 13, Burnley



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