Nowadays, with the development of technology, child stars have an increasingly diverse and wide sphere of action. The fast development of the media has gradually expanded its reach to YouTube, Instagram models and more. Recently, however, a message was posted on the Kids YouTube channel accusing parents of coercive behavior, such as the child conducting the recording despite not wanting to record the video. The human rights of children hidden in the glitter of "Star" are increasingly being driven into blind spots. Does Korea provide an environment for child stars to live that is as suitable as the increased stage of their activities? My answer is 'no'.
First, South Korea has no way of resolving the aftereffects of child actors. South Korea has been worried that the cruel description that child actors have to deal with for acting has gone too far. A representative example is the film "SILENCED," in which the child actor who plays the victim can be greatly influenced mentally. The reason ischildren still have difficulty distinguishing between acting and reality. However, counseling and treatment related to the aftereffects are not being carried out properly in South Korea. In 2012, MOU was signed for the prevention and healing of the young actors, but the agreement was abolished after less than two years due to low demand. Measures to prevent role-related aftereffects should be revised into law as soon as possible to effectively protect children. Second, child stars are not assured the right to be guaranteed as children. Child actors should be protected because they are children before they are actors. So, the government should form a basic framework of life to protect these children’s well-being. On the set, there is a kind of legal guardian, a chaperon, who replaces the role of parents on the scene. In Britain, to be a chaperon, they have to pass tough legal procedures. It’s because of the belief that the role of chaperon is very important. However, in South Korea, because chaperones are not legally qualified, decisions regarding the child’s welfare are sometimes made on the spot extemporally. Therefore, there have been criticisms against chaperones for failing to care properly for the child actors under their care. The problem is due to their lack of credibility and professionalism. Also, problems related to the right to study continue to be raised. In Britain, child actors are guaranteed a minimum of three hours of classes a day, and the U.S. uses the Studio Teacher System to provide education. Unlike other countries, however, South Korea still lacks institutional solutions related to the right to study for child actors, and awareness of the importance of learning rights. South Korea is now in the "The Golden Age of child actors", but the environment surrounding them is still very poor.
Childhood is a time when one's own values have not yet been fully formed. That is why child stars should gain various experiences through universal education and be protected by adults. Above all, it is very risky for a child to work the same hours as an adult, even if it is what he or she wants to do. This is because it can cause great confusion in the process of a child establishing his or her self-identity. South Korea should improve some abnormal working conditions for child stars as soon as possible so that they can actually be protected.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >