Channel 4 plans explicit sex education show for British teens

October 1st, 2008 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 1 (IANS) The row over sex education in British primary schools is yet to die down, and a private broadcaster now reveals plans to telecast a bare-all series on the subject.Channel 4 has unveiled plans to broadcast a sex education series in the morning despite the fact that young children could be watching. It is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds and will be broadcast at 11 a.m. on weekday mornings.

It will tackle issues such as contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and masturbation.

The ‘alternative guide to sex education’ features two animated teenagers from the fictional country of Slabovia, who examine a different topic each week.

The 10-part series, a ‘journey of sexual discovery’, will combine animated characters with footage of comedy clips taken from TV shows.

The series, to be aired later this year, is presented by Kierky and Nietzsche, two animated fictional teenagers from ‘the last remaining Communist state in Europe’.

‘Amazing sex facts’, a look at the ‘inner workings of the reproductive system’ and ‘Operation Penis’ are some of the programme topics, according to Daily Mail.

The series will discuss different ways of having sex, contraception, STDs, bisexuality and ‘coming out’.

Channel 4’s head of education Janey Walker defended the decision to broadcast when young children could be watching, saying school teachers have been demanding more content on sex education to deal with teen and pre-teen pregnancies and other problems.

She said: “Between ourselves and the Channel 4 lawyers, we have been careful …. We feel that we can defend the fact that it is going out in the morning. It might have a mixed audience but we very much aim to make it acceptable to anyone that happens across it….We are erring on the side of caution.”

The broadcaster said the programme would be heavily “signposted” so that parents could make the decision to switch off.

The move comes in the wake of a recent debate on imparting sex education at all school levels, right from the primary. Sex-related problems among school students - pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases - are on the rise and the government has expressed concern, saying educating children is the only way out.

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