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I remember the time when kids dreamed of being doctors or astronauts or even the president. These days, it seems that most kidseven my ownare practicing in front of the mirror for their 15 minutes of fame. Celebrity, it seems, is a must-have accessory for tweens and teens.
Thanks to webcams, American Idol, reality TV, YouTube and blogs, exposure on a national level comes relatively easy and “celebrity” is much more loosely defined. Sure, there are child stars like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Miranda Cosgrove who become famous for actually being talented, but for every one of these there are a dozens of wannabes like Ally Lohan, Brooke Hogan or the Kardashian sisters.
The new show Victorious, scheduled to air on Nickelodeon in 2010, stars Zoey 101’s Victoria Justice, who plays a girl at a performing arts high school looking to make her break. Think of it as American Idol High. I’m sure my daughter will watch, but all of these shows geared toward life in the spotlight make me wonderdo most kids expect fame in their future?
The reality is the odds of achieving long-lasting celebrity are, of course, slim. It’s just hard to tell by looking at what’s on TV. It almost seems as if you haven’t reached some sort of notoriety by 15, you’re doing something wrong. I think it’s great that kids are no longer camera shy and home movies are lot less painful to watch because our kids are more media savvy. But I realize now more than ever that I may have to work a little harder to make sure my daughter is ready for the real world and not just her close-up.