Cater's Choice

TV Amid today's endless moral panic about young people, TV is desperate to pull in ratings by pushing shows about kids gone bad, such as Brat Camp, with little concern about labelling children for life or ignoring their right to privacy.

One new show still in preparation cites unspecified research about eight to 12-year-olds maturing faster and becoming interested in adult behaviour, and wonders if parents are concerned about smoking, boozing and what is described as "girls dressing up too old for their years". Clearly seeking real life Shameless families (and I humbly suggest it should be called Tweenies Gone Bad), it asks: "Do you think it's better to allow your children to act older than their age under your roof rather than pretend it is not happening?"

The production company behind this show is Betty TV, which has created such epics as Freaky Eaters, Supersize Surgery, My Breasts Are Too Big and Diary of a Porn Virgin. Founder Liz Warner even admits to being responsible for the first Big Brother when she was at Channel 4.

Children's charities might want to approach the programme-makers before this show is completed to air their views ...

Fundraising Footballers may not be the easiest celebrities to work with - often a bit dim or incoherent, sometimes badly behaved, surrounded by agents and worse - but the Premier League's attempt to improve its image via its Creating Chances community programme is at least straightforward, and its profile-building potential is significant.

There are a couple of days left to apply for next season's Places for Players scheme, which gives charities, schools and community groups the chance to win £4,000 and a Premier League player for a day, or one of 100 cash donations.

You will need a good idea. Past initiatives have included the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's anti-smoking campaign using then Liverpool player John Arne Riise, whose father died of lung cancer, and Teesside Hospice's recruiting of Jonathan Woodgate, then of Middlesbrough, as a volunteer. See www.premierleague.com/page/CreatingChances.

In Scotland, the Rangers Charity Foundation wants three charity partners: local, Scottish and international. See www.rangers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/RangersCharity Foundation.

 - Contact Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk 

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