“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” ― Khaled Hosseini
O.K, so this week I was really stuck about what to blog about, I found myself thinking through all the lectures we had currently had and something that kept popping up was ethical considerations with respect to youngsters, more so, babies. We have all heard of or researched studies such as the still face investigation. (Rosenblum, 2002) carried out an investigation to determine whether certain characteristics of mothers, during interactions with their Seven-month old child had any effect on their children with regards to still face exposure, linked to post-natal depression. It is widely recognised that the first year of an infant’s life plays a crucial role in their emotional development widely associated with primary caregivers (Sameroff and Fiese, 2000). However, if this is the case, something that really got me thinking was this… What about T.V youngsters, we have all seen young children in T.V programmes, popular soap operas are always casting new babies, but something that really concerned me is this, How do they make a baby cry on T.V for a certain scene?, and isn’t this unethical?, what are the long term implications for the infant?.
For this blog, I have tried researching about baby T.V stars but have not had much joy. I personally believe that if Psychologists have been able to confirm a number of issues linked to the early development of infants with regards to relationships with adult caregivers, then there has surely got to be some ethical issues with regards to babies on T.V who appear to cry on cue for a scene. Furthermore, what about older children and the effects this may have on them, what about when a child is required to show extreme fear or be situated in the middle of an argument between other cast members, this is something that has really intrigued me, so what do you think, is there ethical issues here, and does more research need to be done.
Miller, A. L., McDonough, S. C., Rosenblum, K. L. and Sameroff, A. J. (2002), Emotion Regulation in Context: Situational Effects on Infant and Caregiver Behavior. Infancy, 3: 403–433. doi: 10.1207/S15327078IN0304_01