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Children reality shows: Doing more harm than good
Number of reality shows on television including children's reality shows, which have children participating as contestants, has increased. Many of these shows get lapped up by the audience, but there is a grim reality of children's reality shows.

Child psychologists and psychiatrists inform that the pressure and stress on participating children of reality shows is terrible and pressure has proved fatal too in some cases.

Many educationists and psychologists deem that reality shows for children is an undesirable concept. Children's psyche is tender and fragile and often they are unable to handle the criticism and failure, leading to low self-esteem and failed childhood. Often, children take public humiliation, harsh criticism or rude remarks very seriously resulting into self-harm.

Even those children, who succeed in reality shows, when they achieve sudden and short-lived fame, become arrogant and their growth as normal children stops. The fame through reality shows fades fast and even the successful children find it difficult to cope up with the situation in which there is no more the limelight and adulation.

At times, parents too put a lot of pressure on their kids to participate in the reality shows because of the allurement of the big prize money. They employ experts to coach their children to push them harder and perform better.

Consequently, children loose out their childhood. Also, during the contest, when children do not come up to expectations, they become afraid to face parents and public both. Anyway, only one child succeeds in the last, but rest all, in a large number receive a stigma of failure.

I too feel that children's reality shows distorted reality of life and they are against the tenets of development psychology. They seem to doing more harm than good.

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