Isn't Acting a Child Labor?

@Archie0 (4671)
January 28, 2013 8:26am CST
Do you think acting is not a child labor? Now days there are so many kids, who are seen on TV acting and in a way being a income source to the family. It is been fed in their minds that it is a good thing. Some children might like it. But some children cannot cope with it. They are small and probably they cannot speak up for their rights. They are in the custody of their parents so they have to do what their parents tell them. May be some children who are working as TV actors are in depression, may be they don't want to do acting. They also cannot cope up with the schooling and acting both at same time, some have to repeat the studies again(well it is rare may be). I thought if child working somewhere else that is considered as child labor then why acting is not?
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@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
28 Jan 13
It can be child labor if the kid is over doing it. But if the kid is only doing it for part time- I can say that it's passion and talent should be exposed.
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@prashu228 (23368)
• India
28 Jan 13
Hi There are mixed feelings about this. Recently Child rights protection people complained about children acting and participating in dance shows. There was a lot of controversy regarding this. Parents said that their children were not forced to do anything and they enjoy their work. But as per the fact many children are forced to work. I think it can be considered as child labor.
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@ShyBear88 (16898)
• United States
29 Jan 13
I don't think it's child labor unless the kid are being used. Lots of children that are acting don't get paid. To understand child labor you need to look more into the child labor laws. No law against a person acting and some kids that do act are yes controlled by there parents and support there child in what they want to do. Nothing in life is easy. Even when a child wants to do a support or model or do what ever they can get there feelings hurt or get paid for it. Children that do act most all are home schooled.
• Philippines
29 Jan 13
in my country there are many child actors and actresses and they are allow to work under a permit from the department of labor. so they are legally working and not being abuse and also the children work under the guardianship of their parents of those authorized handlers. some of their income are paid directly to their savings until they get the right age where they could withdraw it and in other instances the parents are the one who keep the earning and manage the savings as well as the expenses incurred by the child star.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
29 Jan 13
Well would you use instead? I know there are midgets who look childlike, but even then people can see they are not chi;ldrand as for computer generated children, people also know that they are generated because no child looks as perfect. in Canada and he States that the child labor laws for acting is very strict. That is why they use twins to play one child so one child can do his homework while the other is acting. Another thing is with babies, they will not use any who are just born or even a one month old and that is why when you see movies about women giving birth, you wonder how they could deliver such large children. As for speaking up for their rights, are you in favour of children telling parents or other adults what to do? I do believe they should work at acting for short periods of time and any money made should be held in trust or given in a form of an allowance. If it were as a training as an acting career, children as actors would be fine AFter all, they are learning the trade.
@alicia812 (648)
• Australia
28 Jan 13
Hi Archie0. Yes, that is considered child labor. Different countries have their own legislation regarding child labor. In my country Philippines, the Labor Law have very specific provisions on this regarding prohibitions and permits for the child to work. Employment of a child in the entertainment industry/showbiz is strictly regulated by these laws. This is to make sure that the child doesn't get abused - overworked or under paid. In the same way, the law supports children who are into acting and want to practice their craft and enjoy their talents.
• Indonesia
28 Jan 13
Yeah, it's child labor. Although I am not in America, but isn't there individual state laws designate how many hours a child actor is allowed to be "on set"? As long as the kids there don't forced to acting, I think it's alright. If it's the parents who exploited them then it can't be tolarated. However I can see it's difficult to difference between them because children will have to do what their parents told him to.
• United States
28 Jan 13
There are child labor laws that studios, whether those studios are independent or Hollywood-huge, have to abide by to in order to cast child actors in their productions. A parent must be on set with the child at all times, some form of schooling must be provided for the child on set if the studio time cuts into their schooling time, and they are only allowed to work a certain number of hours during a day. So yes, I would say that it is child labor but it is highly regulated. In fact, many studios attempt to get out of casting true minors by casting 18+ year olds as teenagers. And in my experience, at least the experience I had while I was a film student, most child actors really do want to do acting. I never met one that wasn't ecstatic about the whole thing. Of course maybe they were faking it, they're little actors after all, but I don't understand why they couldn't be that good at acting while they were actually in front of the camera. The parents were much more reluctant in my opinion.
@doroffee (4233)
• Hungary
28 Jan 13
First of all, I think if we want to make realistic movies, child actors are necessary to employ, whereas other child labourers are not needed or necessary. Secondly... it is child labor if the child doesn't like it, and if he is forced to do that. It's a bad thing that sudden fame and sudden flop can cause such bad things in kids, but that is not necessarily coming rrom their work, but from their families not caring about their souls enough.
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
28 Jan 13
In Philippines where kids are acting in an all kids comedy show, they're always plugging in before the show a message whcich states that all kids in that show are working accordingly to a law for children. That they have their limited hours and their parents agree on the terms and all are legal.
@dpk262006 (55822)
• Delhi, India
28 Jan 13
Hi ! Yours is a good discussion. Acting by a child could fall in the category of child labour if it forced on the child. If a child is compelled to perform despite his wishes, it will not less than child labour. However, many children do it happily and voluntarily and want to be in the lime light then it should be acceptable. If in a movie or a soap there is a character of a child, that could only be performed by a child not by any other person.