If you're like me, you remember the days that you walked into a classroom and saw the TV stand sitting in the front of the classroom and got excited because you know that meant watching a video instead of doing classwork. Sure, the videos were cheesy and many times they elicited giggles from behind hands as we watched grainy VHS videos about puberty, sexual reproduction, hygiene, and more. As corny as those videos were, they served a purpose, providing us with the information we needed to know in a format that wasn't too embarrassing for a classroom setting.
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How We Used Marsh Media and What We Thought
This was a review I really wanted to be on because I have two kids who are both on the verge of puberty. Granted, this is not completely uncharged waters for me as my oldest daughter is about to be 18 and I've done this before. However, there's a huge difference between girls and boys. I've lived through puberty as a female and can easily explain these changes to my daughters - I have never experienced what it's like for a boy. How does one go about explaining these things to a child when you haven't experienced them yourself? Sure, I know the general idea, I worked in the medical field after all and I've also had three kids, so I know the male anatomy but I'll be the first to say, as a parent, the idea of explaining the changes his body is going to go through to Garrett just left me a bit overwhelmed. It's also not something I wanted to leave entirely to my husband. I love my husband, but I just can't see him handling the discussion appropriately and I honestly think he would be just as embarrassed, if not more so, then I would be.
Because of these reasons, I was pretty excited to allow MarshMedia handle the puberty talk for me. Seriously, I just put on a video, Garrett and I sit down and watch it together, he could ask any questions he might have afterwards (or not) but I get the luxury of allowing someone else explain things like erections and nocturnal emissions without worrying that I left anything out.
I ended up watching several of the videos with the kids. First, Garrett and I watched a video entitled
"A Boy's Guide to Growing Up", which we found under their "Students with Special Needs" section. This video was roughly 15 minutes in length and covered topics such as physical and emotional changes during puberty, health and hygiene, and the need for privacy and safety.
Okay, let's get the embarrassing stuff over with. These are health videos and honestly, not much has changed since we were in school, both in terms of the material covered as well as the basic format of the presentation. It's inevitable - health videos will have cheesy music and cheesy illustrations of the human anatomy. I mean, come on, we're not talking Steven Spielberg or James Cameron directing these things with an award winning soundtrack and CGI graphics. But lets face it, the format works and it serves it's purpose. Yeah, the music and jingles are cheesy but you know what?? My son walked away from that video with the words "Growing up is an important time, you will be just fine" in his head, a much more important message than a Grammy winning pop song any day.
As expected from a puberty video, we were presented with an animation of a young man without any clothes and as the video approached topics such as body hair, changes in muscle mass and yes, growth of the penis and testicles as well as erections, the animation of the boy changed. Some might take issue with these types of animations and might prefer a technical diagram but I tend to feel that these types of animations are much less intimidating to the younger audience that these videos would be aimed for. While adults might like the more technical images, I think kids would feel more comfortable with the animated kid that looks more like them.
I felt the video did a great job of covering the information that Garrett needed to know without making him (or me) uncomfortable. It should also be noted, these are not "Sexual Education" videos. They do not cover sexual intercourse or any topics involving things like sexual orientation or gender identification. These are purely "This is your body, you have hormones and this is what is going to happen to your body as those hormones kick in" videos.
Where as a majority of the previous video with Garrett was animated, this particular video was more live actors (except with the animation of the body changes which were pretty similar to those of the male puberty video) and showed a wide range of body shapes, ethnicity, ect. This video covered topics such as hygiene, the maturation of the female sexual reproduction system, physical and emotional changes during puberty, as well as the need for proper nutrition and adequate sleep.
With puberty out of the way, we've watched a few other videos together and I really enjoyed the variety of topics offered. From "Go Slow Whoa" - a video that highlights proper nutrition through a game show featuring healthy and unhealthy foods, "Safety: If You Feel Danger" that helps teach younger student to Stop, Get Away, and Tell an Adult when confronted with dangerous situations, "Aloha Potter" which is adapted from one of the children's books and uses the story of a colorful Angelfish to teach about bullying, and "Head Lice: An Itchy Problem" which will have you scratching your scalp just from watching it, we found many videos that the kids could watch and enjoy while learning valuable information in the process.
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