I have a song stuck in my head today. It’s a catchy little number called “That’s How the Boner Grows.”
Yes, you read that right.
Lest you think I’ve finally gone off the deep end and/or I’ve found some “subscription only” part of the internet, this song is actually from a fun, new video for tweens and teens that was produced by sex education experts Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health (YTH). YTH’s new entity, AMAZE, is an online sex ed resource for kids 10-14 years old, and it features entertaining, non-judgemental, animated videos that cover all of the puberty, sex, relationships and body change issues that constantly race through an adolescent’s mind. Questions like: “Is this normal? Should I have hair there? Why don’t I have hair there? Am I gay? Am I straight? Am I BOTH?”
Honestly, with so much to wonder about, it’s surprising kids this age even have the time to forget to take out the trash and roll their eyes at you.
AMAZE was smart and put their videos online in a YouTube playlist format because kids spend a ton of time on the internet looking for answers to their private questions. Of course, this searching of theirs can lead to misinformation, porn, frightening rumors and lord knows what else. I mean, you can’t even Google “chicken breast” safely anymore. And let’s not even talk about the time I searched “how to toss a salad” because that’s a permanent scar on my brain now. Spoiler: IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LETTUCE.
What I like about AMAZE as a parent and advocate of sex education is that their videos are entertaining, but they also don’t talk down to kids or give vague or unrealistic information. I once watched the video our Texas public schools show the 5th grade boys during their puberty talk, and all it said was: “When boys get excited, they may have an erection.” What? If I was a kid who saw that, I’d probably live in constant fear of ever feeling joy or happiness lest it makes my penis do things I don’t want it to do.
The AMAZE videos are also a lot more dynamic than a book (sorry, books), and, this is important, can be watched without anyone knowing. Perfect for the easily embarrassed tween. YTH has made it super simple for kids to find the info they want and need with no hassle.
Here’s a really fun AMAZE video about the wonderful experience of growing boobs.
Alas, nothing about what happens later in life when those perky new boobs turn into tube socks with a rock inside the toe. Hey, could you get on that, AMAZE? We older ladies need some info, too.
Finally just so you can share my earworm, here’s the “That’s How the Boner Grows” video and song. It’s greatly amusing, but it should also be watched just so you can see how a boner helps a young man change a flat tire. Yes, really. AAA has no idea.
I encourage all parents and educators to use AMAZE as their go-to resource for the 10-14 year old crowd. The website is chock full of age appropriate information, links, and education. And please note that if your kid is anything like mine, there is no way in hell they’d ever consider sitting down and watching the videos together, so I suggest you just casually mention, “Hey, I hear there are some fun videos on this Amaze.org website!” then run away before the eye roll happens.
Find AMAZE at these places:
facebook.com/AMAZEparents (launching soon)
This was a sponsored post. All opinions, especially about tube sock boobs, are mine.