"Kid Nation" a 'reality' TV
show to be on the CBS Network starting September 19th, is in trouble and under investigation for possible violations of Child Labor, Child Endangerment and Child Education laws. The show, filmed in April and May of this year, features 8-14 year old children living without adult supervision, except for TV
production crews, at a ranch used for making movies and TV
shows set in a western locals 8 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. To make things worse, a New Mexico State Labor investigator was denied access to the site several times to investigate those violations of law. The children had to work and live 14 or more hours a day, cleaning, cooking, handling animals in their care, all with no adults running their lives. There are claims discussed in the above linked and other articles that at least several children were injured (burned) cooking food, and a few others accidentally drank cleaning bleach in a improper container thinking it was a beverage. There was no provision for them to attend school during their term at the ranch for filming, despite it being done during the school year. They may have also violated laws limiting the hours children can work in a day. Parents had to give their permission for their children to participate and were paid about $5,000 in compensation. There was limited communications between the children and the parents during the production term.
Perhaps 'reality TV
' has gone too far with this show and with the controversy this one has generated, should CBS pull it and never show it?