The new show “Kid Nation” appeared for the first timee on television on Wednesday September 19. The premiere has sparked a great deal of controversy among parents. Children ages 8 to 15 are sent to a ghost town to take care of themselves. No adults or parents take part in helping or guiding the youths.
Investigations are being conducted to determine if any state or local laws were broken during the production of the show “Kid Nation”. Some parents of the children who participated are upset because children were injured and no medical treatment was received for the injury.
As a mother of four children ages 5 to 9, I can understand why a parent would want to allow their child the experience to learn about taking care of themselves. The hard work and dedication is a good lesson to learn, but in no way would I permit my children to participate in such an experience. The younger children do not have the skills to thrive in this circumstance. The older children may have the social skills and endurance, but is this a good idea?
The “Kid Nation” experience will undoubtedly be one that will be remembered for a lifetime, but will this be in reference to good or bad memories? Will the “Kid Nation” participants reap positive or negative effects?
Learning to work together is a positive aspect, but being bullied would certainly not improve the likelihood of a positive experience. Children are given the opportunity to earn a gold star during their stay on the “Kid Nation” set. This gold star is worth $20,000. Sure, that money would look nice in a college fund for the child, but at what price? Is “Kid Nation” selling out children for cash, or are the parents to blame?
It must be difficult to decide as a parent whether or not to allow a child to participate in “Kid Nation”. On one hand, this could be considered the opportunity of a lifetime, but on the other hand, “Kid Nation” could dramatically change a child’s life. How will the child feel if they decide to go back home to mommy and daddy? This is where a child belongs, but the feeling of failure may be overwhelming. My children would be disappointed if they didn’t earn the gold star from “Kid Nation”. I wouldn’t want to put that pressure on my child.
Is the possibility of big bucks worth the probability of problems in the future? Reality TV for adults is one thing, but is selling out kids for cash, the right thing to do? “Kid Nation” has really put parents and kids on the spot. We will have to see how things progress with the show to determine the results.
The audience will never see the after effects with the children at home, school, or in the future. Fortune and fame has a price. “Kid Nation” has placed numerous children in the lime light for a few days, but at what cost?