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"The Birds, The Bees and Me" for Boys

Fall 2003 Home Video
Ages: 9 - 13 yrs.
VHS Price: $19.95
Many parents rely on books to provide information about puberty and sex for their children. This video does the job just as well, if not better, in providing a brief (approx. 20 minutes) overview of the facts. Hitting just the right tone throughout, the program opens with Dr. Brandon Davison-Tracy, a young pony-tailed pediatrician, who tells the viewer to make sure he's "ready" to learn about this topic. Dr. Davison-Tracy also urges that any questions should be addressed by a parent, grandparent, teacher or doctor. Then he turns the program over to Jason, a young, all-American college kid. Friendly yet serious, Jason will immediately put young boys at ease. He smiles and delivers his explanations clearly and seriously, but doesn't preach. He talks about the changes to expect during puberty, from muscles growing to having an erection. Cartoon figures help lighten the serious topics and make them even more understandable. My sons got a kick out of the cartoon penis turning stiff as hearts flew from it. "Having sex is a decision YOU make," Jason says. There is no religious view espoused here. Jason urges responsibility and respect with regard to your body and a girl's body. And he says that he, personally, has "decided to wait until I'm married."
Ann Oldenburg   ©2003 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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