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You may not have seen the Bieber kiss heard ‘round the world, but if your kids are fans of the 16-year-old superstar, they probably have. Like canines to a dog whistle, they received the news that Justin Bieber was caught kissing Jasmine Villegas, his 16-year-old concert opener. And now sources say that Bieber is so smitten with his girl that he won't go to Hawaii without her!
But as a report from CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos illustrates, the inevitable distraught-kid overreactions (similar to kids' responses to Bieber's photo shoot with Kim Kardashian) were not just from tweens, but from an even larger audience of pre-tweens. In fact, the "star" of Moos' tear-fest looks to be no older than five!
My own 8-year-old twin girls like listening to Bieber sing, but I'd be surprised if they were suddenly jealous at the thought of him kissing another girl. At what point do kids go from idolizing a pop star to fantasizing about him?
I'm not a psychologist, teacher, or Sesame Street resident, so I'm unsure what goes on in the minds of these kids. Some research points out that crushes in late elementary school or early middle school are normal. But when they're younger? I wonder how these kids get romantic ideas in their heads in the first place... though a steady TV diet of primetime Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel might be doing the trick.
Chances are this epidemic of Bieber Fever in young girls is nothing more than harmless infatuation. But is there a point when parents should be concerned about premature crushes?
How young is too young to have a romantic crush on Justin Bieber? Chime in now!