Why is a child acting in movies and serials not considered as a child labor?
Is the work of children in the entertainment industry overlooked as being child labour? Why are those who act in television programs and movies not considered to be labourers?
We all know that child labor is discouraged. We have various laws to stop child labor and many NGO's are constantly working towards ending child labor. Anyone who is hiring a small child to do work or a daily wage will be punished and no one will actually give work to a child. But a child might want to work due to various reasons to meet the financial needs of the family or to support the medical expenses etc. Not everyone is born rich and hence there are few people who have to earn on daily basis and small kids under 18 work to support their families. Though we know there are many who are giving awareness against child labor, this has not stopped.
But I have one question running in my mind. Children working to meet the financial needs of the family are considered child labor. Then why not are children acting in movies or daily soaps treated as child labor? Even children acting in movies or doing Ads are being paid for it were as they will not have any financial crisis also. Showcasing the talent by participating in various shows is different but why is the acting field considered as talent and interest and children are allowed to earn whereas as a child working in any other way is discouraged.