Ben Affleck has slammed members of the paparazzi that try to take photos of his children as they aren't celebrities and didn't make the decision to enter that world.

The Runner Runner star understands that his profession, and that of his actress wife Jennifer Garner, means they attract a lot of media attention, but he doesn't agree with people scrutinising his children.

Speaking to Playboy he said, "You can say what you want about me. You can yell at me with a video camera and be TMZ. You can follow me around and take pictures all you want. I don't care. There are a couple of guys outside right now. Terrific. That's part of the deal.

"But it's wrong and disgusting to follow children around and take their picture and sell if for money. My kids aren't celebrities. They never made that bargain... As their father it's my job to protect them from that stuff. I try my very best, and sometimes I'm successful. The tragic thing is, people who see those pictures naturally think its sweet."

Earlier this year Garner and Halle Berry worked to have a Bill passed in California to protect children's privacy so that from January 2014 any member of the paparazzi found to be harassing a minor due to their parents' profession can face jail time.