As parents and employers of child actors, we need to be especially concerned about the safety of showbiz kids, especially when it comes to their image.If you are a producer, we hope this information will motivate you to be aware of the people you are working with, the subject matter you choose, and even camera angles and wardrobe.
It may be a surprise to some, but predators are rampant in our industry.Some are out to make money from exploiting kids’ images, others are servicing a clientele that are interested in darker things—pedophilia and child molestation.The danger is a lot closer than you think…in the last few years we have seen arrests of managers, photographers, publicists, directors and production assistants.
When BizParentz was founded, our goal was to provide an up to date resource for parents about the industry, including laws, guidelines and 'how-to's". Our vision was to help families avoid making the same mistakes we did, and help them shorten their learning curve.We wanted to give good, honest, unaffected-by-money information. Since then, we have come to realize that there is a much greater need for the sharing of information than we ever imagined, and it has to do with safety. While we still believe strongly that a young performer'scareer can be incredibly positive, we have to put emphasis on a “negative” that many people aren't aware of, and won't discuss. Our intent is not to scare you.But please know that there is an element of risk when you enter this industry.You CAN control almost all of the risk, and you CAN keep your child safe.And if you start at the beginning of your child’s journey, it will be much easier!
Please take the time to read all the articles in this section.We know it is long, and a bit overwhelming, but nothing is more important than a child’s safety.If you have any questions about this subject, or you just want to share concerns, please drop us an email.Everything is completely confidential.
In response to the multiple cases of abuse, California enacted legislation requiring that individuals offering services to child performers obtain a permit from the state. This isn't an option - it's a law! Learn more about it, Child Performer's Act.
Update - May 2015 BizParentz is proud to announce the distribution of "An Open Secret". It is a documentary which takes a close look at the tragic issue of pedophilia, molestration and abuse of child performers. More details coming soon.