TV reality shows to be no longer child's play
New Delhi: Reality shows on TV channels are all set to be reined in with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights recommending that children below 16 years of age be barred from participating in such shows.
The Commission also wants that interviewing parents of interested participants of reality shows be made mandatory.
It would prescribe the minimum age limit for participants as more than 16 years, but it could be brought down to 12 years and no cash awards should be given in such reality shows.
Instead educational bonds or fixed deposits should be given. The Commission would also recommend that a counselor be present at reality shows and punitive action be taken against broadcasters/ show producers if child is mentally harassed with unusually harsh comments.
But these guidelines the commission said should be a synergised one - making the broadcasters do it voluntarily.
The Commission will meeting broadcasters before the recommendation are brought in force.
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