A troubling trend is arising in reality television shows with children being included in filming of scenes that are potentially psychologically harmful, report Matea Gold and Richard Verrier in the Los Angeles Times.
One recent example comes from the first season finale of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," when Teresa Giudice called co-star Danielle Staub a "prostitution whore" and then pulled a table into the air with dishes crashing — all in front of Staub’s upset daughters, who were then 11 and 15, the article says.
Although New Jersey’s laws prohibit minors from inclusion in shows that might be damaging to "life, limb, health or morals," the state wasn’t able to determine whether "Housewives" fell under its child labor laws, the piece says. And "Housewives" isn’t a exception: 11 reality shows taping across eight states didn’t have paperwork for hiring children. Still, they may be legally in the right, as producers say these children are participants and not employees, the article says.