In a very real sense, child performance is child labor. The arguments against child labor directly apply to child performance for all the same reasons: money, interference with school, exposure to inappropriate social situations, etc.
They should be allowed to grow up before being put on stage. It's very well documented that many child stars resent their early careers due to their lack of agency in the matter.
Let's face it, we have had child labor laws in this country and around the world for at least the past 60 years if not longer. We don't let children under 16 years old work in most industries because of the risk, danger, and distraction from education, so why should they be allowed to work in the entertainment industry? Not only is this not healthy for the children, but what does it say about our society that we demand to see kids sing and dance for us? In a way it's very messed up.
Children are just like adults, in the sense that they want to showcase what they're good at and get commended for it. Why waste talent when one has it at a young age? At a younger age it is easier to perform, one doesn't have the pressure of marriage andone has more energy.
Child performers are somewhat needed, in a way, in the entertainment industry. For example, who else could play children in movies and on television shows? That being said, there are laws about how often they can work and the fact that they must have an education. It would also be good if their parents were required to take some sort of classes about how to manage the children's money better, etc. Child performers stereotypically grow up to have problems, so we do need to look more into what causes this.
No, we should not ban child performers, because most child performers love what they do. Children should be able to get paid for their good work when someone wants to pay them, rather than to have to work for free until they are 18. It is more fair to pay them than require them to volunteer. Children are talented and should have the same opportunities adults have.
By no means are child performers bad. Some children learn skills from performing that they will use for their whole life. By taking this away, you could possibly take away a major part of their future. And isn't the future of the children what's most important to all of us?
No, most performers in different areas of entertainment know that they want to perform from a very young age, so they should be able to get a chance to do what they dream of, even if they are children. It does not matter how old you are, just if you like it.