Inside: Here are some fantastic videos from the Spring Fever sex education teaching program that explains sex, how babies are made and the changes that happen during puberty.
Youtube is one of those places where you often find videos that can surprise you. But occasionally it can be a pleasant surprise! Like when I accidentally discovered these videos from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program. They are a wonderful resource that you can use to start a conversation with your child about sex and how babies are made, puberty, menstruation and their genitals.
Children from the ages of 8 or 9 will be totally okay with the content in these videos.
These videos are ideal for children from between the ages of 8 or 9 and older.
You will find the videos down below with some tips on how to use them with your child.
You’ll find more videos that are suitable for children (and yourself) about sex education in my Sex Education Videos page.
What is the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program
The Spring Fever sex education teaching package is a well known Dutch school-based program for children between the ages of 4 to 11 years. You might recall the news article that went viral in 2015, that talked about the importance of starting sex education in kindergarten, highlighting the Spring Fever sex education program.
As well as having a teaching curriculum for children, Rutgers (who created Spring fever) have also created some short videos that can be used to talk to kids about sexual intercourse, their private parts (or genitals) and masturbation.
Some of these videos have been removed (or banned on Youtube). I am trying to unsuccessfully track down other copies of them. If you know where else to find them, please do let me know! Thanks 🙂
What is sex?
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called What is sex?
It is a one minute video that talks about sexual intercourse or making love. It explains that 2 adults who like each other may start to make love (they may also do this if they want a baby). When they are in the mood; they will cuddle, kiss and lie naked next to each other. the man’s penis will grow larger and stiff, and the woman’s vagina will become moist. When they are ready to, the man will fit his penis inside the woman’s vagina and this will feel good. It finishes with an explanation that as strange as this all sounds, that this is something that your child may want to do when they are older.
Reproduction: From making love to birth
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called From making love to birth.
This video is about how babies are made. The first minute is the video from above, What is Sex? It then continues on with the sperm moving up through the vagina, into the womb on the search for an egg. If an egg has been released, it may be fertilised. The egg cell and the sperm cell merge and become one, forming a baby. The baby then develops until it is ready to be born through the vagina.
Puberty and girls
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called Puberty and girls.
This 30-second video provides a brief overview of what happens during girl puberty. It does not talk about the fact that puberty means that they can become pregnant. The changes that are discussed include breast development, hair growth in the armpit and around the vagina (the term vulva is not used at all), changes to the genitals/vagina, and growing taller, wider and rounder.
Just keep in mind that the word vulva is not used. The vagina is the inside part, and the vulva is the outside part (the part that grows hair). So you may not like this video but it is a great opportunity to talk with your child about how words can sometimes be used n the wrong context. You can learn more about naming the genitals here.
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called Menstruation.
This one minute video talks about menstruation. A girl’s womb is as big as a strawberry. The fallopian tubes sit on top of her womb, and the ovaries 9with the egg cells) are attached to these. When she is around 12, the egg cell will ripen (ovulation), and will travel through the fallopian tube to the womb.
If the egg cell meets a sperm cell, it may become fertilised. The womb creates a special place for the fertilised egg cell, so that it can grow into a baby. If the egg cell doesn’t meet a sperm cell, it will die, meaning that it no longer needs the special place that the womb made. This special place then leaves the vagina as a period.
A peer of mine, Jane Bennet from Celebration Day for Girls, is a guru on this topic (and is the person I go to if I have a question myself). She has noticed an inaccuracy in this video. The general agreement is that the egg lasts only 12-24 hours after ovulation, and even if fertilised takes about 5 days to travel the fallopian tube to the uterus. However, this clip says fertilisation happens in the womb, which according to most sources is simply not the case.
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called Female genitals.
This 45-second video provides a guided tour of the vulva and all its parts. The description is very simplistic but thorough. It tells a girl that if she looks at her genitals with a mirror, that she will only see a small slit. But if she opens this up, she will see what is hidden behind ie the labia (inner and outer), the ‘peehole’ (or urethra), the vagina and a small bump which is the clitoris. If you touch the clitoris it can feel nice.
Puberty and boys
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called Puberty and boys.
This 50-second video provides a brief overview of what happens during boy puberty. It does not talk about the fact that puberty means he is fertile. The changes that are discussed include feet, arms and legs start to grow; penis and balls grow too; hair will grow under his arms and around his penis, a few years later hair will grow on his upper lip and on his cheeks, and his voice will change, going from deep to high until it settles to a deeper tone.
Male genitals and first ejaculation
This video from the Spring Fever Sex Education teaching program is called Male genitals and first ejaculation.
This 80-second video talks about the fact that sperm cells that are needed to make a baby, start developing in a boys body from between the ages of 12 and 14. During puberty, millions of sperm cells are made each day and are stored in the testicles or balls. If you look at a boys penis, you can see the glans at the top of his penis. It is usually hidden behind a little bit of skin called the foreskin, which some boys don’t have this as it may have been removed by a doctor when they were young (circumcision). The glans is the most sensitive part of a boy’s genitals, and if rubbed by the boy, it gives a nice feeling. The boy may then get a stiff penis (erection). Some boys may have their first ejaculation during the night, sperm and semen are discharged and this is called a wet dream.
Tips for watching these videos
- Don’t watch these videos directly on Youtube with your child (unless you want them to be exposed to some sexually explicit content in the suggested videos and pop-ups). It is much safer to watch these videos on this page instead!
- Watch the videos by yourself first. This way there will be no unexpected surprises. Plus you can get used to the language and information that is discussed first.
- Try telling your child that you found a video that you would like to show them. You could ask them first if they know anything about puberty (or sex).
- Watch the video with your child. Afterwards, try asking them if they had any questions or ask them a direct question about something in the video, like ‘Have any of your friends started their period yet?’
- Try to have a few books handy that will provide your child with extra information about puberty and sex. You can find some good books on puberty and sex here. And the best puberty books for 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds, 11-year-olds and 12-year-olds here.
You can find more of these videos (in Dutch only though) from the Spring Fever sex education program on their Youtube channel.