Govt warns TV channels against inappropriate representation of children in dance-based reality shows

The government has asked television channels, including private satellite TV channels, to exercise restraint and display sensitivity and caution while showing reality shows and programmes to ensure appropriate representation of children in dance based reality shows.

The move is aimed at preventing distressing impact on young and impressionable children, an official release stated.
In an advisory to television channels, the minister of information and broadcasting has noted that several dance-based reality 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. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age.
The ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels 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 accordingly 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.