Children in Reality Shows and Child Labor Laws in the Entertainment Industry

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Children in Reality Shows and Child Labor Laws in the Entertainment Industry
Introduction
There have been many changes in the perception of children as laborers throughout our history. A broad, complicated, and controversial subject, child labor has been the topic of many books, articles, legislation, and debate. Child labor is perhaps more prevalent in developing countries where conditions not unlike slavery still exist, such as bonded labor and sixty hour work weeks. Today, however, contemporary society as a whole no longer considers children to be viable members of the work force. Most children in Western countries do not face such extreme conditions but its occurrence, nevertheless, exist in Western countries such as the United States...
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.....child entertained was perceived as moderately inadequate. Despite the promise of the UK government to implement the recommendations of the March report, that is no guarantee that such will be true.
Children working as entertainers should not be treated any different from their non-actor peers who are employed. Moreover, children participating in reality based television programs should not be treated any different from their entertainer peers. Much more needs to be done to secure the protection of children working in this industry. Adequate legal protection of child participants in reality based television is the best first step towards making sure programs like Kid Nation or Jon & Kate Plus 8 abide by sufficient standards for children.