Kids' Reality Shows

Discovering talent or...disrupting studies!


I'm referring, of course, to these reality shows, very specially for kids.

The question that pops up, quite frequently, is whether these shows, while unearthing talent, also do a major disservice to the participating kids – where their studies are concerned.

It's hard to imagine kids, under eight years of age, or under 12, being able to cope with their studies, while preparing to participate in these reality shows.

And, to complicate matters further, the winners are seen performing, on stage, at late night shows.

Is this the right atmosphere for someone who is just 12 years old, or under?

And, I'm surprised, as well, that the schools, concerned, allow their kid students to be a part of such activities.

Wonder if the Education Ministry has given the green light for these school kids to showcase their late night shows, etc!

What about the psychological effect these reality shows have on the participants?

According to knowledgable sources, reality shows put children under a microscope, stripping them of their privacy when they are most vulnerable and often highlighting their most emotional and worst childhood moments for the sake of ratings and profit.

Although adults, on reality shows, may be in a similar situation, they, unlike children, have the ability to make their own informed decisions about whether or not to participate.

Children, on the other hand, usually do not understand the potential consequences associated with reality shows and may not be given a choice, regarding their participation.

This is even more concerning due to the fact that children are "less capable of censoring words and inhibiting actions that adults may recognize as inappropriate, embarrassing, or self-damaging.

This may make it more difficult for children to avoid the potential negative effects to their reputation, future career and, most importantly, their general well being.

Furthermore, during childhood, children are in the process of developing their personalities and may be more susceptible to negative influences and risks of psychological damage.

Children are in a stage of emotional development where they are not emotionally equipped to handle rejection in a mature manner; and when they are not appreciated, or fail to qualify, their mental state could affect the way they handle pressure situations for the rest of their life.

So, the all important question is, are these reality shows discovering talent...or disrupting studies?

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