March 16, 2012
Germany: TV talent show sparks anger with kids’ version
Child protection groups have warned parents against letting their kids compete in Germany’s latest talent show – a version of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (“Germany seeks a superstar”) open to children as young as four.
“I advise parents not to apply,” Heinz Hilgers, president of the German child protection association (DKSB), said on Wednesday, after commercial broadcaster RTL announced that “DSDS Kids” would search for young singing stars aged between four and 14.
Hilgers said that the adult version of the show, where contestants have to be at least 16, was based on humiliation and embarrassment, and that an appearance on the show could have grave consequences for a child’s future development.
DKSB director Paula Honkanen-Schoberth was also appalled by the idea.
"Casting shows are geared towards making one person successful,” she told the Märkische Allgemeine newspaper. “The message for the rest is, ‘you’re no good.’"
"Children are not able to keep the consequences of a show like that in perspective," she said.
Apart from the prize money, children on “DSDS Kids” will compete for a stipend to invest in further showbusiness training.
The application deadline for the first season is March 31, though no details for the date of the first broadcast, the length of the season, or the identity of the jurors have been released yet. (via The Local)

Germany: TV talent show sparks anger with kids’ version

Child protection groups have warned parents against letting their kids compete in Germany’s latest talent show – a version of Deutschland sucht den Superstar (“Germany seeks a superstar”) open to children as young as four.

“I advise parents not to apply,” Heinz Hilgers, president of the German child protection association (DKSB), said on Wednesday, after commercial broadcaster RTL announced that “DSDS Kids” would search for young singing stars aged between four and 14.

Hilgers said that the adult version of the show, where contestants have to be at least 16, was based on humiliation and embarrassment, and that an appearance on the show could have grave consequences for a child’s future development.

DKSB director Paula Honkanen-Schoberth was also appalled by the idea.

"Casting shows are geared towards making one person successful,” she told the Märkische Allgemeine newspaper. “The message for the rest is, ‘you’re no good.’"

"Children are not able to keep the consequences of a show like that in perspective," she said.

Apart from the prize money, children on “DSDS Kids” will compete for a stipend to invest in further showbusiness training.

The application deadline for the first season is March 31, though no details for the date of the first broadcast, the length of the season, or the identity of the jurors have been released yet. (via The Local)

August 16, 2011
German boy, 11, calls police over housework
A boy of 11 called a German police emergency line to complain of “forced labour” after his mother told him to help clean the home.
Police say the boy from Aachen, who has not been identified, spoke to an officer via the 110 number.
They say he complained: “I have to work all day long. I haven’t any free time.”
His mother told the officer the boy had kept threatening to call them, having repeatedly complained of having to do housework during the school holidays. (via BBC News)

German boy, 11, calls police over housework

A boy of 11 called a German police emergency line to complain of “forced labour” after his mother told him to help clean the home.

Police say the boy from Aachen, who has not been identified, spoke to an officer via the 110 number.

They say he complained: “I have to work all day long. I haven’t any free time.”

His mother told the officer the boy had kept threatening to call them, having repeatedly complained of having to do housework during the school holidays. (via BBC News)

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