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Spring Fever sex education videos (for tweens and early teens)

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 information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page or puberty in my Puberty 101 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.

You can access the digital lessons from Spring Fever here, and information about the United Kingdom program here.

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.

The videos

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.

Menstruation

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.  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.

Female genitals

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 it’s 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 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.

Resources

My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you'll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about love, sex, relationships and growing up.

My Sex Education 101 page includes all of the information on sex education. You'll find lots of different blogposts to help with getting started, on a wide range of different topics.

You'll find videos about sex ed in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about sex education yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of sex education books for children, for kids of all ages. There's even some books in there for parents!

If you're looking for some ideas on how to talk to your child about bodies, How to Talk to Kids About Bodies, will help you to start naming the private body parts and to have shame-free conversations with them about bodies. It is filled with lots of different ideas on how to have natural converasations with your child about their body. 

You'll also find some child friendly anatomically-correct cartoon illustrations of the genitals and internal reproductive organs that are appropriate for children from the age of 3 and up. Let's Look at Different Body Parts is a printable that will help take the awkward out of talking to your child about their body, so they grow up feeling educated, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.

If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex, will help you explain sex to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks it down into simple steps that  take the stress out of explaining!

If you're unsure about how to answer your child's questions about sex, then I have a number of different resources that will give you word-for-word answers that are age specific.

If you want a printed book to hold in your hands, then the  The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid's ask parents about sex. Which means you don't need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

If you want the answers to questions about a lot more than just sex, then Sex Ed Quickies is your best option. It has answers to 300+ questions  that kids commonly ask parents,  including how babies are made, sexual intercourse, body parts, puberty, relationships, pregnancy, birth, masturbation, sexual diversity, gender, pornography, STIs, contraception and much more.

About the Author Cath Hakanson

I'm Cath, a sex educator living in Australia with my husband and 2 kids. I help parents to talk about sex (with less cringe and more confidence) and empower their child to make smart sexual decisions. To find a better way to talk about sex, you can join my community of parents and visit my shop for helpful resources.

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