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Liverpool primary school forced to ban "cartoon porn" sex education DVD

by Natalie Evans. Published Mon 21 Jun 2010 11:45, last updated: 21/06/10
Living And Growing- How Babies Are Made
Living And Growing- How Babies Are Made

A primary school has censored a section of a C4 sex education DVD after one
furious parent branded it "cartoon porn".

The video - intended for children aged over seven - shows a naked cartoon
couple, having a pillow-fight and chasing each other before having sex in
different positions.

The 'How Babies are Made' section of Channel 4's Living and Growing series
caused a storm when a preview was screened to parents at a Merseyside school.

Outraged father Christopher Power was appalled by the "graphic footage" and
demanded it should not be shown to his 10-year-old son at Higher Bebington
Junior School, in Wirral.

Mr Power, 41, said: "It starts off fine with about 20 minutes on relationships,
but then it goes to the section about how babies are made, which can only be
described as cartoon porn.

"It is far too graphic. My wife and I made the point that when you are showing
10-year-olds a man and woman having sex. Where is the innocence?"

Mr Power added: "I think it's just inappropriate.

"The argument is that we, as parents, should be teaching them. If you're going
to teach sex education there should be a balance.

"Shouldn't we be teaching them about unwanted pregnancies and sexually
transmitted diseases? There was no such balance in the DVD."

Mr Power, who is a RADA-trained actor, expressed his concern that his son might
mimic what was shown in the video.

He also argued that a letter sent home from school about the DVD had no mention
of the footage of sexual intercourse, instead referring to puberty.

Mr Power added: "This DVD highlights the fun aspect of sexual intercourse not
the dangerous aspects of sexual intercourse.

"I think sexual education - the sexual intercourse part- should be taught in
secondary schools. My son will not be watching it."

The school, which has 327 students, has since conceded that the footage
"trivialises the important messages" and has vowed to edit the video.

Acting headteacher Mark Holton said the DVD was used nationally and shown at
the school for the last four years without any complaints.

He said parents were always able to see it in advance and withdraw pupils from
lessons if they disapproved.

Mr Holton added: "While the short cartoon section could never be described as
'pornographic', we have reviewed it following this complaint and decided it
does trivialise the important messages.

"We have therefore decided to edit that section in future."

Channel 4 lists the 'How Babies are Made' section as suitable for children aged
seven upwards.

The DVD is described as "gently introducing sex education to younger children,
through puberty and birth, to media images, same-sex relationships and teenage
pregnancy."



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"Important you know this DVD is not the same as the hugely popular US childrens book by Little, Brown % Time Life, in print from 1968." Steven Schepp, US - New York around 4 years, 5 months ago

 
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