no additional words needed,ICAMOriginally Posted by mushybrain;3932599;I cringe whenever I hear people say that children on reality shows are so used to the cameras that the filming doesn’t bother or harm them. I challenge anyone who thinks the cameras are not a total invasion of a child's privacy to take a moment and visualize what your day would be like if a camera crew followed you everywhere, and you had absolutely no power to make them stop filming you.
You get up in the morning and look like something the cat dragged in - oh look, there's that friendly camera crew capturing your loveliness. You have a stomach flu and are vomiting - oh, goody, a guy with a camera is right there to catch every precious moment of it. You are having a bowel emergency and - yippee, that fun-loving camera crew follows you into the bathroom to film you doing your business so millions of strangers can be entertained. You have had a terrible day and break down in tears, or you are being yelled at or ridiculed by a family member - hooray, there is a crew filming your emotional outburst so it can be broadcast to people who will judge you and criticize you. You do something embarrassing when you think the camera crew isn't watching - but, snap, those rascals catch you. You go to jump in the shower and - oh, hello Mr. or Ms. Camera Person who loves you and cares about you so much (as long as he/she is getting paid to), I'm so happy you are here to film me washing myself!
Now, add to this all the times you were just going about your “normal” day, doing and saying things “naturally,” and the camera crew said to you, "Um, we need you to go back and do that again, but this time, do it 'this' way,” or “You know, it would really sound a lot better if you said 'this' instead of 'that'.” This is the “reality” of producing a reality show.
Adults have an awareness that allows them to speak up and say no to these intrusions. But children do not have that option. They are developmentally incapable of making reasoned decisions to determine whether being on TV is in their best interest. They are at the mercy of others. Children rely on the people who are supposed to love and respect them to protect their privacy. Sadly, a lot of people are so blinded by material things that they willingly betray this innocent trust.
Definition of irony: A mother pulling aside her distraught daughter from the rest of the family so they can talk in "private," while a camera crew films the "private" conversation so it can be broadcast to millions.