Most Helpful Girl
Yeah I think they are often abused and mismanaged. There is a reason so many of them go off the deep end when they get older. There needs to be stricter rules around minors in entertainment. They need some semblance of normalcy and structure. They should not be left alone with directors, producers, etc. Parents should be on set. Pay should have to be placed in a trust for the child and never given in whole or in part to parents except for perhaps a small stipend to cover loss of income for the being on set requirement.
You look at how all the kids from Harry Potter turned out and you can tell that the adults involved in that project did something right and had the children's best interest at heart. Unfortunately, that is often not the case and that's how we end up with adults like Corey Feldman, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan and others who can't cope with the transition into adulthood and all the pressure of growing up in the public eye. It's sad and it's preventable... which almost makes it worse because no one seems to care.
Most Helpful Guy
From my perspective, I'm too private a person to want to grow up in the public eye. I believe parents who allow their children to become child stars are doing their children a disservice, and my point is vetted out by all the child stars of the past who have self-destructed, because they did not know how to cope with the stardom they are both blessed and cursed with. Many child stars choose to abandon the limelight and seek their own path such as going back to school or just by making a different career choice. I believe children should be allowed to be children, and if a parent does allow their child to step into the public eye they should do so with limited exposure and constant watch guard, because again, children should be allowed to be children, and life is way too short to take that away from them. There is time enough where they're going to have to set aside their childhood for adulthood and the problems and stress which come with being an adult. Therefore, allow children time to be kids and play. That's my bottom line.