"Avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows," says MIB

In an advisory issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, all the channels focusing on kids based dance reality shows are henceforth asked to regulate the content keeping the appropriate quality of content in consideration.

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Most of the broadcasters and production houses today focus on developing kids based reality shows. While the formats revolve around skills like dancing, singing, and acting, the concerns raised regarding the content have largely related to the representation of the children in the show. Keeping the same in mind, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) recently released a statement, asking the private satellite television channels to appropriately represent children in the dance-based reality shows.

In a note dated Tuesday, the Ministry mentioned that the dance reality shows lately have been portraying young children in a different way, where their dances are choreographed in a manner which is originally done by adults. Addressing this concern, the statement read, "These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have a distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age. The Ministry has accordingly issued an Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an 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."

All the broadcasters making such content on reality shows are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed. The advisory also read that 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.

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