A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hosts do an excellent job of emphasizing the "health" part of "sexual health," explaining concepts frankly and clearing up troublesome misconceptions. They take on potentially tricky topics such as sexual orientation and masturbation with a refreshing lack of embarrassment, using visual aids to demonstrate some ideas. Special guests with unique expertise (i.e. a trans man, a man who uses a wheelchair) talk straightforwardly about their experiences and allow students to ask personal questions, with respect flowing both ways. Concepts are framed in an age-appropriate way, as in a discussion of consent in which hosts assure student that they can refuse consent in such situations as an unwanted hug from a relative.
The videos can be excellent teaching tools when coupled with further discussion that emphasizes families' own value systems regarding topics of sexuality. Information is presented in honest, nonjudgmental ways, but some topics (same-sex relationships, malleable gender identity, and teen sex, for instance) may be controversial for some viewers. Other videos focus on different issues related to puberty like body image, physical and emotional changes, and bullying. In every case, they encourage self-acceptance, positive self-esteem, consent, communication, kindness towards others, and personal safety.
Positive Role Models
Nadine and Eva are excellent role models for students: intelligent, forthright, treating each other and their pupils with respect, and urging responsible, thoughtful, and kind behavior. Students may giggle over certain concepts, but they also listen thoughtfully and contribute to discussions wholeheartedly.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The videos discuss many different topics of sexuality, including (but not limited to) how babies are made, masturbation, wet dreams, sexting, erections, periods, sexual identity, gender, consent, and the emotions related to being sexually active. It's solid information that's presented in kid- and tween-friendly ways, and discussed openly. Hosts emphasize consent, thoughtfulness, and mutual sexual pleasure. Drawings show cartoon genitals doing things like walking or giggling.
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No cursing, but language is typically related to sex and body parts. Expect clinical words like "penis," "vagina," "genitals," and "G-spot," as well as slang like "boobs," "bum," "boners," and "sexting."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sex-Ed School is a series of YouTube videos hosted by a sex educator and sex researcher and aimed at demystifying sex for young people age 9-12. Videos address a wide range of sexual topics frankly, from reproduction to masturbation to sexual identity and far beyond, in a manner appropriate for tweens and teens. Expect clinical language related to sexuality ("penis," "G-spot") as well as sexually related slang ("boobs," "boners"). Some discussions may be tricky ones for parents: special guests such as two drag queens, a trans man, and a man who uses a wheelchair frankly discuss their experiences (though they don't relate details about their personal sexual lives) and themes such as gender, sexual orientation, and same-sex relationships. There are no images of sex, but brief cartoon montages show animated genitals doing things like walking and laughing. Hosts emphasize nonjudgmental education, respect, kindness, thoughtfulness, and pleasure.
Is It Any Good?
Refreshingly straightforward and shame-free, this stellar virtual health class leads tweens through the finer points of sexual health in a friendly, frank way. Each video takes on a particular topic (i.e. "genitals" or "consent"), and in about 6 to 11 minutes runs through a series of concepts on that theme, from puberty to sexual orientation to kissing, and far, far beyond. The truly delightful thing about the series is how cheerfully and unapologetically Nadine and Eva answer questions and clear up misconceptions.
Students sometimes giggle and squirm uncomfortably as their teachers take on topics like masturbation ("Don't do it in public," Nadine advises), but it's clear they're paying attention to the reassuring messages the teaching duo hand out easily ("Masturbation is something really pleasant and lovely you can do for yourself," Nadine goes on to say). Ultimately, Nadine and Eva seem to be at ease, and they put their students at ease with a subject that can be difficult for many teachers and parents to handle comfortably. It feels healthy, it feels natural, and Sex-Ed School is destined to put adolescent minds at rest.
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