Are the Gosselin kids exploited? Jon and Kate say no. Expert says yes.
Jon Gosselin scoffs at the idea that he and his estranged wife, Kate, are exploiting their eight children with the demands of their TLC reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8."
But some experts disagree with Jon, including Dr. Michael Brody of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
He tells Us Weekly: "Kids at this age shouldn't be working at all. They should be playing."
Brody adds, "It is not normal for five and eight year olds to support their family."
Kevin Kreider, Kate's younger brother, and Kreider's wife, Jodi Kreider, agree with the good doctor. They've told CBS News that they want laws protecting children who appear on reality shows.
"We're speaking out now," Kevin pointed out, "because we want to be the voice of our nieces and nephews.
"They're being exploited," Jodi said. "It's time for America to see the situation for what it really is, which is -- unfortunately, there no laws protecting children in reality TV shows. ... And this is not a healthy environment for kids to be raised in."
Read more to find out how those kids feel really feel about followed around by cameras every day.
According to their aunt, the kids hate the cameras. "They would say, 'Aunt Jodi, I don't like the cameras on every vacation with us. I don't like them.' "
She adds, "Kids have bad times, bad moments, they cry -- and having the camera zoom in on a crying child, I mean, this is just -- this should not be a form of entertainment."
What do you think? Should these poor kids save their money for the psychotherapy they'll need later on in life?
Or should they go one more step further and book adjoining rooms at a rehab?Just saying ....
Think of the group counseling sessions. Maybe Nadya Suleman's kids can join in.
There'll probably be cameras there too.
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