Adult dance moves by children on reality TV shows, government issues advisory

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Many parents cringe when children as young as 10 years of age are made to do suggestive steps on reality TV shows. Now, government has taken notice of such reality TV shows and issued an advisory which will make life easy for both parents and children.

The advisory issued on June 18, 2019 by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting highlights that the ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment. These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate.

This advisory further stated that such acts ‘may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age. All private satellite TV Channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme & Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed. As per the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and further that programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence.’

The Ministry has also issued an Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity, and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes by the ministry. Hopefully, this is the end of the ordeal.

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