Jamie Lynn Spears pregnancy poses parental dilemma
By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jamie Lynn Spears wasn't the only one who was "shocked and scared" when the popular television star realized she was pregnant at age 16.
Spears, the kid sister of pop phenomenon Britney Spears, has posed a "what do we tell the children?" dilemma for parents of fans of Nickelodeon's school-based drama "Zoey 101" who see Jamie Lynn as a clean-cut, sensible role model on the show.
"Dang. We thought Jamie Lynn was the nice and normal one," celebrity blogger Perez Hilton commented.
The pregnancy, unveiled in an exclusive interview in OK! Magazine, has quickly become the most talked-about celebrity news items of the week, leaving parents of Jamie Lynn's 8- to 12-year-old fan base little room to hide.
"When the news splashed across the Today Show that Jamie Lynn was pregnant, my 12-year-old son was totally shocked. The first words out of his mouth were, 'Mom, she's only like 16 years old.' We then discussed certain choices people make for themselves," one mother wrote on an Us Weekly message board.
"This is a big deal for moms. It is very upsetting," said Sabrina Weill, editor-in-chief of the MomLogic.com Web site and the author of "The Real Truth about Teens and Sex."
"Whether or not moms are ready to have this conversation with tweens, it is being brought up. When tweens are searching the Internet for this character who they like, they are going to find this information on her, they are going to see her on the magazine cover and they are going to hear about it at school."
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