Child Reality Shows: The End of Innocence

29 May

One very worrying trend that is very disturbing in television is the concept of having reality shows for children. According to me most of the reality shows today are just money spinning avenues for the different channels and child reality shows especially are highly condemnable. Here is why I say that:

  • Reality shows give rise to an unnecessary spirit of negative competition among children, instilling a desire to WIN- AT-ANY-COST in them at a very young age, when they are like beautiful buds waiting to bloom. This is like an artificial method, where the bud is asked to bloom fast, curbing its natural growth process. I am not saying children should not have a competitive spirit but the way its being done in the reality shows is very dangerous for the children as it undermines their self-confidence thereby unsettling them.
  • The losses that the children face in reality shows causes a feeling of REJECTION and does irreparable psychological damage to them. We want them to be achievers at such a young age? I remember the dialogue said by Aamir Khan in that superb scene in Taare Zameen Par when he says, we put pressure in our children that they should come first in class, become a doctor, engineer, singer etc. Children are the embodiments of purity and innocence and its so sad to see them get dejected for such petty losses.
  • In child reality shows, the children are made to do things which are much beyond their age in the name of “performance”. For e.g. a girl child has to do a dance involving very suggestive steps and boys have to do similar movements. There is no better way to make the child go in the wrong path and pollute their minds. It is the age to study and play but here they are learning dance steps to an item number! It cannot get worse than this.
  • According to me almost all of our reality shows are 75% melodrama and 25% entertainment. The exaggeration in these shows is seen to be believed! The loss in a round looks as if the contestant has lost the most important contest of his/her life and he/she is a non-achiever. There are many more important milestones in life and winning a reality show/advancing to the next round may be one of the significant milestones but not THE most significant.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not fully against reality shows per se, I too watch a few of them but child reality shows are dangerous for the impact they leave in a child’s fertile mind. I read that there is a legislation that anyone below 18 years cannot participate in reality shows but I am not sure if its been implemented as I see many small children in reality shows. Its high time there is some regulation otherwise many children, who are the future of this great nation will end up getting their priorities in life totally wrong.

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3 Responses to “Child Reality Shows: The End of Innocence”

  1. Sowmya June 2, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Very much happy to read a post like this. I agree with your points and definitely parents should be much aware of this issue.

    Thanks a lot for this post 🙂

  2. Prakash Srinivasan June 3, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    You are welcome Sowmya! God bless!

  3. Sourav Roy June 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I recently came across a girl, 11 years old, who loves watching Roadies! I’m seriously horrified about her future! Is this what we want our kids to learn? Recently 19-year-old girl, Krushnaa Patil, from Pune conquered Mt. Everest. Now, that’s something I call adventure, not cursing each other, dropping your fancy pants and eating grasshoppers! If that’s reality, let me live in my dreams!

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