A new sex education video series called "Amaze" is starting the conversation around gender, identity, consent, and sexual assault (among other topics) early, and it's brilliant.
The series aims to educate children with open, honest conversations about sex in order to give these emerging adults a real sex education at a young age, versus being sheltered and confused later. "Amaze" is recruiting their user base with the tagline: "More Info. Less weird."
Answer, a sexuality education organization, is partnering with Advocates for Youth and Youth Tech Health to create the new series, which looks to engage 10-14 year olds in these appropriate conversations using short animated cartoons.
"There's a clear payoff to open, honest and frequent dialogue about sex," Lucinda Holt of Answer, sexual health expert and content manager for AMAZE.orgtold The Huffington Post. "Young people need access to factual, age-appropriate information that covers the questions they actually have. Otherwise, they'll be left with misinformation from unreliable sources."
The site also is parent-user friendly, giving parents resources and tips on how to have open conversations with their children without the awkwardness.
"It seems that there is serious confusion about what consent is and why it is so important, and this leads to terrible outcomes. That's why we must do more to equip our sons and daughters with the knowledge and tools to communicate their desires, boundaries and expectations. And we must teach them to respect the boundaries of others," Holt told The Huffington Post.
Check out Amaze's videos below:
On gender expression:
On peer pressure:
On sex education:
Photo Credit: Facebook/ AMAZE Parents