Monday, October 19, 2009

Oct. 19: Let's Have Hearings On Reality TV and Kids

By Sylvia Gurinsky

If the story of 6-year-old Falcon Heene, the Balloon Boy Whose Parents Apparently Made Him Cry Wolf, isn't cautionary enough to prompt an official look at so-called "reality shows" and their effects on the children involved with them, nothing is.

The scandal of reality shows is comparable to the game show scandal of the 1950s. It's far worse when children are part of the cast.

I previously wrote on this blog about the Suleman and Gosselin children:

Now, the three Heene sons can be added to the mix.

This issue is serious enough to warrant government involvement. Again, the Federal Communications Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Federal Trade Commission and Congress need to hold hearings about these programs and children, expose every procedure any television network, studio or production company undergoes with children -and finally prohibit the employ of children on any reality show.

The reality here is that it's child abuse.

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