New Delhi, June 18: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) on Tuesday issued an advisory to all private satellite television channels to ensure appropriate representation of children in dance-based reality shows. In its advisory, the Ministry has advised TV channels to exercise restraint and display sensitivity and caution while showing reality shows and programmes. According to a government release, the move expected to prevent distressing impact on young and impressionable children. TV Serial Titles Must Go In Indian Languages Apart From English, Government Tells TV Channels.
The Ministry 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," an official statement said.
The advisory of the I&B Ministry to the channels read, "All the private satellite TV channels 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". According to the rules laid down by the Ministry, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.