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About Sex: a video series for teens about bodies, sex and relationships

Inside: About Sex is a series of sex education videos from Canada for teens about bodies, sex and relationships.

Videos can be a great resource for sex education. They can be something that you watch together with your teen, or your teen could watch them by themself. They are also great for upskilling yourself as a parent, where you can update yourself as to what the sex scene is for today’s youth.

The challenge though is in finding videos that are both entertaining but educational. The information also needs to be factually correct (and not based on urban myths).

So I was pretty excited to discover these new sex-ed videos from Canada, commissioned by CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, for its CBC Gem streaming platform. The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) vetted the content and its relevance by reading the scripts and watching the rough cuts, and updated it as needed (current language or research). Research was done with teens before creating the English series – speaking to them about what they want to see, what they think is important, and what is entertaining to them – in addition to including what experts in the sexual health industry believe they should know. By involving teens in the creation of the series, the hope is that it will feel more relevant and credible to them, and they will be more likely to absorb the information.

About Sex is a funny, surprising, informative, and uncensored series about teenagers and sex. It invites teens to take a funny and frank look at what’s going on in their head, their heart and between their legs as they navigate life and love as a young adult. Thirty-five episodes explore topics from consent to pornography addiction, through skits, expert advice and teen testimonials.

Each episode explores an important topic that is relevant to teens and sparks their curiosity using comedy, facts and testimonials and includes:

  • a comedic mini-movie to de-dramatize the topic
  • an educational clip to answer FAQs
  • a documentary segment in which young adults share advice, opinions and personal experiences

I really like these videos. They are fun to watch but also educational. And I think they’ll be a great resource for both parents and teenagers.

What is the best age for these videos?

They are definitely for teenagers.

Teenagers who are already starting to think about sex or are already sexually active. So older teens (like 15, 16, 17, 18). 

Or younger teens (14 and maybe even 13) only if they are sexually mature and already starting to ask questions about sex (questions that are more about the practicalities ie ‘what goes where and how’). And even then, when they are younger you would definitely want to watch the videos together (so you can answer their questions and correct any misunderstandings). 

Remember, these videos are designed to educate teens to make smart sexual decisions and to stay safe. So they are direct and talk about a lot of different things. 

The key to watching these videos is the conversation. I can guarantee that there will be information or behaviour that you disagree with.  But that’s totally okay! As that is the stuff you’ll be talking about! You’ll be sharing your values and beliefs with your teen.

So if your teen is already starting to ask questions about love, sex and relationships, then watching these videos together is a great way to learn together. Plus it is a great way to share your own thoughts about casual sex or sex in a committed relationship.

Be prepared though, to be asked personal questions and think about what stories you are willing to share (or not). Most of us have sexual regrets, and sharing them with your teen can empower them to hopefully not make the same mistakes. 

 I’ll be watching them with my 14 and a half year old, but we will also be chatting as we watch them. She is curious about sex but not interested in yet ‘doing it’ with someone. So watching it together means that I can answer any questions about things she doesn’t understand. Plus share my sexual values with her, when we get to topics like first-time sex or porn.  

Try to see these videos as an opportunity to start talking about the next level of sex – where they are finally ready to start thinking about ‘doing it’ (or they are already ‘doing it’).

You’ll find more videos that are suitable for children (and yourself) about sex education in my Sex Education Videos page.

You can find these videos on Youtube, but I have embedded all 35 of them on this webpage.

Performance

Julian and Rose are stressed out at the thought of making out. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to performance in a sexual context.

Sexting

Leah has come up with an app that will solve the problem with dick pix… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to sexting.

The penis

Arun discovers that his best buddy Marcus really likes talking about his penis! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to the penis.

Female orgasm

Marcus discovers that a hat trick can also mean having three… orgasms! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to female orgasm.

Breasts

A romantic dinner takes an unexpected turn when Julian says something about Rose’s breasts. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to breasts.

Friends with benefits

Arun and Leah are surprised when Marcus and Maddy casually reveal they are friends with benefits. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to friends with benefits relationships.

Male orgasm

Worried about his orgasms, Gavin calls a help line. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to male orgasm.

Masturbation

Rose is happy to have a bit of time with herself, but the real – and fantasized! – Julian gets in the way… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to masturbation.

Fantasies

Did Camille really say she fancied the tooth fairy?!? Yep! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to fantasies.

Sexual orientation

Ryan tries to reveal his sexual orientation through a boardgame, but Rose and Julian can’t seem to get it… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to sexual orientation.

Consent

As Arun is choking on a sandwich, Gavin and Marcus discuss the importance of him consenting to abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver)… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to consent.

STBBIs

Marcus and Maddy’s improv skills are tested when Leah chooses STBBIs as the theme. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to STBBIs.

Foreplay

As Leah is trying to teach Camille about foreplay, she realizes Camille knows more about allergies… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to caresses and foreplay.

The first time

Rose and Julian remember that their first time was… something to forget about! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to the first time they had sex.

Porn and reality

Camille tries to convince Ryan that porn has made her a sexpert… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to porn and reality.

Contraception

As he’s about to have sex with Camille, Ryan finds a surprising use for his condoms… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to contraception.

Virginity

When Arun gathers his friends because he absolutely needs to tell them something, they think he’s about to come out. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to virginity.

The vulva

Julian has come up with an unconventional idea for his Christmas cards. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to the vulva.

Gender identity

Julian starts to wonder about his gender identity when he realizes he’s wearing a piece of Rose’s clothes. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to gender identity.

Romantic feelings

Maddy and Marcus go on a mock date to test if he’s developing romantic feelings for her. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to romantic feelings.

Double standards

Julian becomes confused when Ryan and Rose use muffins to argue about how many sexual partners men and women should be allowed to have… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to male-female double standards.

Dating violence

Leah defends Arun when she thinks he’s been physically abused by a girl. The comedy clip is followed by informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to dating violence.

Being ready for sex

While playing “Never Have I Ever” with Maddy and Marcus, Arun feels he’ll never ever be ready for sex! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to being ready for sex.

Pubic hair

Camille wants to be “bare down there” for prom, but Maddy proposes something more original. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to pubic hair.

Flirting and seduction

Rose and Julian compete to see whose flirting technique will win Leah’s approval. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to flirting and seduction.

The clitoris

It looks like Julian doesn’t know where the clitoris is… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to the clitoris.

Oral sex

Julian is sure Rose said she wanted floral sex and decides to prep his car accordingly. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to oral sex.

Interest in sex and attraction

Marcus is puzzled when Maddy starts comparing her interest in sex… to pizza! The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to sex and attraction.

Termination of pregnancy

While waiting for their home pregnancy test result, Rose and Julian panic at the thought of becoming parents. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to termination of pregnancy.

Sex, drugs and alcohol

Having met a possible first sex partner at a party, Arun wonders if taking something will help to calm down. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to sex, drugs, and alcohol.

Sexual assault

Leah and Arun eat Marcus’ cake to prove a point about sexual assault. The comedy clip is followed by informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to sexual assault.

Jealousy

As Rose prepares to go study with a male friend, Julian fights off his feelings of jealousy and learns to trust Rose. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to jealousy.

Impacts of porn

Ryan thinks he needs to over exercise in order to be as good as a porn star. The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to the impacts of porn.

Nudity and shyness

Getting ready for tennis, Arun seems shy at the thought of undressing in front of Marcus and revealing one particular part of his body… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to shyness about being naked with someone.

Heartbreak

Marcus is feeling bad and seems to believe it has something to do with the chili he ate. Arun thinks it’s something else… The comedy clip is followed by funny and informative mixed media content and by young adults’ tips and experiences related to heartbreaks.

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