Inside: TV shows about sex education, like 'The Sex Education Answer Show', hosted by Anna Richardson, provides parents with the opportunity to upskill their knowedge or to watch them with their teen and to use them for a teachable moment.
There are many tv shows about sex education and The Sex Education Show, is probably the most well-known one.
The Sex Education Show is a British sex education television show.
It is presented by a Journalist, Anna Richardson, and a GP, Dr Radha Modgil and is shown on Channel 4.
To date, there are 5 series of this tv show about sex education, dating from 2008 to 2011.
You’ll find more information about sex education in my Sex Education 101 page.
I first stumbled across these videos when I helped someone run some sexual and reproductive health nurse training. I have also seen them be used with teenagers in school and community based sex education programs. But how can you use them as a parent?
Firstly, they are a great teaching tool for yourself. Don’t just see these tv shows about sex education not as being inappropriate but instead as an opportunity to learn something new about sex, and to upskill yourself in regards to what this generation of teens are getting up to. And yes, the show is based on British teenagers and it was first created over 10 years ago, but the information is still very relevant today.
Secondly, it is something that you could watch together with your teen. Power to Decide (formerly The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) looked at whether tv shows help parents to discuss love, sex and relationships with their teen, even if they aren’t watching tv together. They surveyed a sample of 13-16 year old teen girls and found that it did help. They also found that nearly nine out of 10 teens say that it would be much easier for them to postpone sex and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. Teens crave these conversations with parents, even if they don’t always act like it.
So start thinking about how you too, could use tv shows about sex education, to start a conversation with your teen about love, sex and relationships.
I would suggest that you watch these shows by yourself first, especially if you’re feeling squeamish about these types of conversations.
Now, you can either watch these videos on this page or you can watch them on Youtube. Please try to ignore the bikini-clad woman on some of the video covers. I could only find the one Youtube channel that had all of these videos listed and that were also unedited (and trust me, I spent a few hours looking). You’ll also need to ignore the ‘sex add’ that appears at the top of some of the videos. The only way to watch these videos without these distractions is to buy a copy of the tv show.
2008 (6 episodes) Anna Richardson and a team of experts visit various secondary schools in the UK in an attempt to educate teenagers about sex in relation to their consumption of pornography.
In this tv shows about sex education, parents get a shock viewing of the pornography their children watch on the internet; and Anna teaches a group of teenagers how pornography affects their body perception and self-esteem.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna examines her own relationship history and puts herself through a full sexual MOT. She also shows young teenagers the physical and sometimes invisible symptoms of the most common STIs.
In this tv shows about sex education, straight-talking Anna Richardson presents the series that tells you everything you ever wanted to know about sex. This programme explores childbirth.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson goes on an emotional ride when she takes a fertility test, reveals the shocking truth about men’s lack of genital hygiene and investigates perfume’s ability to attract men.
In this tv shows about sex education straight-talking Anna Richardson investigates contraceptive methods, meets a teenage girl who’s had 60 sexual partners and gets a group of teenagers to change a baby’s nappy.
In this tv shows about sex education, in the final programme of the series, a group of teenagers get a sex education lesson with a difference: their parents are doing the teaching.
2009 (4 episodes) The Sex Education Show vs Pornography Anna Richardson provides a frank look at the world of teenage sex and pornography.
In this tv show about sex education, Anna Richardson and a team of sexual health experts visit secondary schools, beginning in Norfolk, to provide pupils with sex education lessons and explore the access that young people have to pornography on computers and mobiles. She also meets 21-year-old adult-film actor Damian Duke, who talks about the reality of the industry.
In this tv show about sex education, Anna Richardson gives Bristol schoolchildren a live anatomy lesson focusing on the male body. Later, she discovers whether easy access to risque material has led to the ‘pornification’ of the high street. Plus, erotic actor Damian Duke exposes some of the more unsavoury practices of the adult film industry.
In this tv show about sex education, Anna Richardson and a team of sexual health experts travel to an inner-city London school to teach students about male and female arousal and using condoms. They discuss the pressures of having sex before a person is emotionally ready, and investigate how pornography in its many guises is influencing fashion and beauty. Plus, porn actor Damian Duke reveals how he struggles to make a living and is prepared to `act gay for pay’.
In this tv show about sex education, Grammar school students witness male and female STI screening in anatomy lessons, learn how to protect themselves from infection and are given information about sex and the law. Plus, Anna Richardson meets women who have chosen careers in pornography, and reveals the unsafe sexual practices that have left porn actor Damian Duke and his girlfriend Donna Derriere with a host of problems.
2010 (4 episodes) The Sex Education Show: Am I Normal? Anna Richardson and a team of experts visit various secondary schools in the UK in an attempt to educate teenagers about sex in relation to their consumption of pornography.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson and Dr Radha Modgil tour the UK to help members of the public air embarrassing sexual questions that would otherwise have gone unasked and unanswered. They begin by giving students at Haywood Engineering College in Stoke a lesson in male anatomy, before visiting a retirement home to discover how sex therapy helps keep the libido alive in the twilight years.
In this tv shows about sex education, the team gives the students of Glenthorne School lessons in female anatomy, making use of nude models to demonstrate how no two women have identical bodies. Plus, Anna Richardson meets people with physical disabilities to discover how they maintain active sex lives.
In this tv shows about sex education, pupils at Raines School in east London receive live anatomy lessons featuring elderly male and female models as they learn about how the body and sex changes with age. The students are also encouraged to overcome embarrassment and talk about sex with their parents. Plus, Anna Richardson discusses favourite positions with two plus-size women, and there is a meeting with a man whose obesity resulted in buried penis syndrome.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson and Dr Radha Modgil visit Bourne Grammar School near Peterborough, where the pupils receive live anatomy lessons featuring nude models, hear how the body alters during and after pregnancy and learn how to change nappies and feed infants. The realities of having an abortion are also explored, and Anna visits a disco for people with learning difficulties.
2011 (3 episodes) The Sex Education Show: Stop Pimping Our Kids Anna Richardson leads a long-overdue campaign against the sexualisation of children.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson tackles two major high-street retailers that she claims are responsible for selling risque clothing to youngsters, and arranges a myth-busting workshop to counter some of the rumours circulating in the playground. Dr Radha Modgil also visits the nation’s schools to question teenagers about their opinions on sex.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson targets one of the nation’s biggest newsagents, which displays lads’ mags where youngsters can see them, and tackles a high-street store about inappropriate children’s clothing. She then heads to Fairfax School in Sutton Coldfield with sexual health expert Dr Radha Modgil for a sex education class, and the pupils have an opportunity to learn about sexually transmitted infections at a clinic.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson investigates music TV channels and confronts the bosses about videos containing sexual images that are broadcast throughout the day. She also joins Dr Radha Modgil at Brislington School in Bristol, where a line-up of nude models reveals how a woman’s body develops between the ages of 19 to 70.
2011 (6 episodes) The Great British Sex Survey Anna Richardson leads a long-overdue campaign against the sexualisation of children.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson hits the road once more to illustrate the sexual landscape of Britain. She begins by providing the pupils of Redbourne School in Bedfordshire a chance to examine living STIs close-up. She also arms parents with the knowledge they will need to discuss the tricky subject of pornography with their children, and meets 21-year-old Paralympic athlete David Smith – who has cerebral palsy – to discuss how he manages to pursue a fulfilling sex life with his fiancee.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson heads for York High School to teach pupils about male puberty, before taking them to a fertility clinic to witness the moment of conception. She also gathers a group of parents to demonstrate how easy it is for teenagers to log into online chatrooms, and hears from two visually impaired people who have refused to let their condition affect their sex life.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson visits Angmering School in Sussex, where the pupils are given a lesson in how genetics determine everything from skin tone to penis size. They are also joined by their parents and grandparents for candid discussions on first love, and a couple explain how they overcame physical disability to enjoy their sex life and conceive a child.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson visits Elliott School in Putney, south London, where she teaches pupils about the three stages of pregnancy. Rabbi Lionel Blue and orthodox Jew Oli Kasin reveal their very different experiences of growing up as gay men in the Jewish community, and the latest results from the nationwide sex survey are revealed.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson teaches pupils at Bishops Gore School in Swansea about attraction, enlisting the aid of gay, straight and lesbian couples for the lesson. She also takes them to a sexual health clinic to discuss contraception and introduces parents to the world of sexy text messages. Plus, more results from the nationwide sex survey.
In this tv shows about sex education, Anna Richardson heads to Stockport School, Greater Manchester, where the pupils receive a lesson in why people come in different shapes and sizes. Elsewhere, 22-year-old Ivy Broadhead reveals how her restricted growth has not affected her love life, and the results of the Great British Sex Survey are revealed. Last in the series.
You can find more videos like these, in my sex education videos page. You’ll find videos on a wide range of different topics – teachable moments, puberty, how to talk to kids about porn, my Puberty Talk channel for tweens and teens, and some great videos that are found on Youtube.
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