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Naif Al-Mutawa

Chairman/CEO, Teshkeel Media Group

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Can fictional superheroes provide positive role models in children’s lives?

Chances are that if you’re reading this page you are already motivated to help provide the ideas needed by your children to shape their own burgeoning personal philosophies and characters. But what about children who lack positive role models in their lives or, worse still, are betrayed by them? Do composite role models like THE 99, created with positive traits and characteristics that are universally valued and neutrally composed, provide even better role models than those randomly seen in their daily lives?

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Thank you all very much for contributing to this conversation. I have learned a lot from your comments and experiences. The whole is more than the sum of its parts and you have all given me parts today that I will be reflecting on what I learned in this TED conversation for a while. Please do watch my latest 6 minute TED talk on THE 99 and Islamophobia at TED on http://blog.ted.com/2011/09/07/ted-blog-exclusive-the-continuing-saga-of-the99-superheroes-inspired-by-islam/ and I look forward to continuin =g the conversation on twittter and/or facebook and hope to Inshallah see you at a TED event.

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    Sep 13 2011: Maybe, your fictional superheroes can help to teach perspectives and as Raghava KK said, when you teach perspectives you put the childrens in the shoes of someone who is different from them.
    That way you can convey the intended message of generosity, mercy, foresight and wisdom.
    In that spirit, I think that it contributes to provide a positive role model.

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