In light of Jamie Lynn's pregnancy, Nickelodeon is considering airing a special next month for the kiddies on love and sex. (Bet you never thought you’d see all those words together in a sentence.)
Anyhoo, It’s a good effort on the network's part. Ellerbee has worked with Nick before on shows that tackle sensitive issues, including AIDS, the Columbine shooting, and President Clinton's impeachment scandal. Her Nick News specials are always well done and appropriate to their young audience. So as the Jamie Lynn story quickly spirals into a full-blown circus (complete with rings, a trapeze and those little miniature ponies) at least Nick and Ellerbee have an opportunity to present something solid on the topic.
Rather than focus strictly on Spears, Ellerbee said she's considering producing a broad discussion about how people know they're in love, when is the right time to have sex and what are the value systems of their parents and friends. —AP
Linda, my thoughts are with you because you’ve got your work cut out for you on this one. In our world, love has taken a back seat to drama, what’s sexy or hot, and (in the case of women) bitchy, cat-fighting over men who aren’t worth the crud on the bottom of my New-York-winter Timberlands. (On the other hand, Tila Tequila, New York, Flava Flav, and that Rock of Love dude did find their true loves, so I could be wrong.)
Kids see these trends as clearly as we do. They may not be able to rationalize it, but they certainly can pick up on the cues. For a child who doesn’t have the guidance of a parent or guardian to explain the difference between the “love” they see in the media, and real-life love that has consequences and emotions, a news special like the one Ellerbee is proposing could be vital to the decisions they make down the road.
If this special goes down, I know I’ll be tuning it.
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