A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Amaze is a site designed to help kids learn about sexual education, their changing bodies, and positive relationships. Sexual topics are covered in an informative way, without sensationalizing content. Registration isn't required to use this video-centric site. Users can't comment on videos that are housed on the site, so there's little chance kids will see foul language or inappropriate banter.
What's it about?
Created by three health and sexual information advocacy groups, AMAZE serves as an online sexual education resource for kids age 10 to 14. Short videos, which are released first on the site’s YouTube channel, then hosted on Amaze, focus on topics ranging from puberty for boys to identity and expression and STDs and HIV, and healthy relationships. Category listings have been included for pregnancy and personal safety, although there currently aren't videos on those subjects on the site.
Is it any good?
This education-based site was created to provide accurate, relatable content for kids who might otherwise stumble upon pornographic content when searching for sexual health information. The site's founders used focus groups to determine what subjects and structure -- including humor, music, and narration -- they should include. The result is a site with concise videos that provide an overview for several topics kids may be wondering about.
Amaze is a fairly new site, but as a result, there aren't too many videos to watch right now. A release schedule on the site indicates that more are coming, roughly one each week. The site plans to also eventually add functionality that will allow parents and educators to register and select content that's appropriate for their child or a certain age group. Because a few videos touch on controversial topics -- an upcoming short will deal with masturbation -- that some parents may want to discuss with their kids in person, or feel they're too young to know about, parents will likely welcome the chance to handpick viewing selections, based on their child's age and current knowledge base.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how your child feels about upcoming puberty-related changes, using the site's videos as a starting point. What things are your child anticipating?
Ask your child: How do you define gender? The site's sexual orientation video may clarify the subject.
Use the site's videos to dispel any incorrect information your child may have heard. Are there any gender, puberty, or other questions your child may have?
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