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Reality TV and the children within

It’s becoming more and more popular to have children be the stars of reality TV. Whether it’s looked upon as exploitation or just general fun, one thing is for sure, many people love to watch these shows. Would you have your child on display for all the world to see? Perhaps it would depend on what exciting events are going on in their lives. All parents are proud of their kids, but do they really want others to talk about, or even mock their child? On the other hand, they want people to see just what a little star they have and to entertain the general public with whatever skill their kid has. Who knows what the reason may be, but children starring in reality TV has a certain appeal to it for a wide range of viewers. Let’s take a look at some of these little stars and their TV shows.

Honey Boo Boo

Alana Thompson (AKA Honey Boo Boo) is a 7-year-old competing in beauty pageants. The show is called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and is based on Alana and the rest of her family. There have been mixed reviews about the show that is aired on TLC; some think it is exploiting the child and family, while others think it is a great show. However, the ratings show that whatever controversy there is it doesn’t stop viewers from tuning in to Boo Boo and her beauty pageant antics. The premier episode attracted 2.2 million viewers and the fourth episode got 3 million viewers.

“Dance Moms”

There are quite a few children’s lives that are showcased in this dramatic reality show. Among the child dancers and stars of the show are Chloe Lukasiak, Nia Frazer, and sisters Maddie and Mackenzie. In the show the girls and their mothers are subject to Ms. Miller, a dramatic and strict dance teacher. There is always conflict between the moms and the teacher as they find her overbearing attitude uncalled for and sometimes arrogant.

Kourtney Kardashian’s son Mason

Although he is only 3 years old, Mason has been a star in the Kardashians reality TV show since birth. In the past, he has only occasionally appeared on the show, but in the new episode, “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami,” he is expected to play a bigger role and will be appearing more often. Now he is 3, he can walk and talk and is all set to be an even bigger child reality star than he is already.

“Toddlers & Tiaras”

There have been numerous child stars in this reality TV show. Eden Wood and Isabella Barrett were two popular kids on the show until their “retirement” at the tender ages of 8 and 7. The show is based on child beauty pageants and the proud and vigilant mothers of the kids. The show has come under scrutiny for the costumes that the children wear. Some people think they are too revealing and inappropriate to be worn by kids.

These are some of the children who’s lives are showcased on reality TV. Love it or hate it, these shows are taking over our TV screens in one form or another.