I&B Ministry issues advisory to all TV channels over portray of children in dance reality shows

New Delhi, June 18: In a move to prevent distressing impact on young and impressionable children, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has 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 also been advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes.

In a release the Ministry said that it 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. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age.

It further said that 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.

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