Tips to help your child be as brave as this British teenager

By Drum Digital
17 September 2014

A teenager from Sussex in England has been praised for apprehending a violent criminal and helping police arrest the man.

A teenager from Sussex in England has been praised for apprehending a violent criminal and helping police arrest the man.

Sixteen-year-old Kiya Ingham was walking down the road when two female police officers attempted to apprehend the criminal, who turned violent and knocked one of the officers to the ground before attempting to flee the scene.

Luckily, brave Kiya was close by and dropped his bags, ran after the criminal and rugby tackled him to the ground before helping the policewomen arrest the man.

His heroic deed was caught on camera, and he won an award for bravery from his local police station. The boy told onlookers he now considers joining the police force.

See the video here:

Here are 5 tips to raise brave, honourable children:

  1. Raise your children with a social conscience. Kids are more likely to be brave and socially responsible if they can understand why their actions make a difference.
  2. Set an example: Start by showing people can do little things every day that make the world a better place.
  3. Point out good role models: Focus your child’s attention on both famous and unknown people who strive to make a difference, and help your child to see these people as heroes.
  4. Distinguish between violence and bravery: Show your child there’s a difference between being brave and putting yourself at risk, and that violence isn’t necessary to help others or make a difference.
  5. Build your child's self-esteem and praise them when they do something for their fellow human beings.

-Mieke Vlok

Sources: belfasttelegraph.co.uk, parents.com, imom.com, kidshealth.org, news.sky.com

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