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Indian Kids Are Pitted Against Each Other on Reality Shows

A show with a name like Boogie Woogie sounds like it should be nothing but harmless fun right? For the tidal wave of kids clamoring to get onto the Indian reality TV show, perhaps not. After one young girl collapsed on the dance contest show after she lost, the pressure is starting to get noticed. Her parents blame the Simon Cowell-esque reprimanding after her performance for her collapse, while the show's producers say the parents should know the limits of their children.

Regardless of the cause its anything but a deterrent for hopeful contestants for any of India's five music and dance contest shows. Thousands of kids are signing up, and the long days, grueling criticism, and even the parents themselves are becoming a problem. One Boogie Woogie producer says, "Some parents are so ambitious that they need to be counselled. We have to tell them to let the children be. Sometimes parents push the children to wear certain clothes, practice some gyrating adult moves. At such times we ask them to change their dance."

Why are kids being pushed onto TV shows? To find out,


The same reason so many things happen: money honey. One media researcher says, "The audience segment of four to 14 years is becoming important. Children are a major influence on consumer behaviour. Segments like sports, music, and pure children's channels have a viewership base which manufacturers of consumer durables, auto industries, food industry would like to tap."

Four-year-olds are the next coveted demographic?! Wow. While the dubious trend is taking off, experts counsel moderation. "As long as parents and children know that these competitions are just a part of life and not life itself, children will be able to handle the pressures."

Should kids be able to compete on reality shows, or in the words of Simon, is that "just awful?"


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i thin kthat reality shows are the same type of pressure as beauty pagents - and there's endless debate on whether the kids want to do them or if it's the parents pushing them to do what they never could. i think that to make a generalization though that kids shouldn't be doing this stuff is wrong - since nothing's absolute but i think that there needs to be considerations to how it's done. targeting 4 year olds - that's just wrong. it gives you a skewed view on how things are as you get older and your sense of reality and expectations on life are messed up. if we didn't have such reality-esque shows/movies/magazines etc - then people would see the world through the lens that we see it now. to start a child that early at trying to be the next best thing - you're either setting them up to think that they aren't good enough when they're so young, or you're teaching them competition when they should just be playing a BE KIDS!
stephley stephley 8 years
If mine was little like Milo, she would be my theme but she's big now and would get freaked out if I used her. I'll have to work on this, I wouldn't want to discombobulate anyone!
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
They have a way of doing that! :-)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
hehe...Thanks Martini. I keep him on my computer's wallpaper so I can give my mood a lift when necessary here at work. Yeah he does seem to be growing like a dang weed. :p
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
....and it isn't like HE changes all that fast, right mm?? :P BTW he is a little darling! Hard not to be in a good mood looking at that smiling, happy face!
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I've changed mine a few times, but it's always been Milo...since you know...I'm his mommy and all. :)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Thanks gals! So now I am not feeling so bad that I haven't changed mine! :-)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I haven't changed mine either :)
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I haven't changed mine once! But I've been thinking about it.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Well, since the world is all about me, could you please settle on something quick? LOL - JK! :-)
stephley stephley 8 years
I am being flighty about it, sorry - I find that I get bored. Maybe I'll figure out a theme and keep any future me's related to that.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
on a side I the only person on here who doesn't change their avatar? LOL! You are changing yours too much! I can't find you sometimes when I am scanning for your comments! ;-)
stephley stephley 8 years
It is so hard to counter that 'make your life' thinking with children! There's too much pressure on kids to perform as it is and these shows just add to it.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Second that Steph! It is crazy what some parents will do to their kids (or let others subject their kids to!) for some money or a try at "fame". One of my cousins was way into the kiddie beauty pageants for her little girl, cuz it could possibly "make her life!" It just creeped me out, frankly!
stephley stephley 8 years
I hate reality shows, especially for kids. My daughter watched a couple on Discovery Kids and I was amazed at what people will allow their children to be subjected to for attention and prizes. I do like Total Drama Island on Cartoon Network, which is a send up of the whole idea.
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