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BBC sex education video 'is like porn': MP criticises explicit material and use of naked men in film for nine-year-old pupils
- [size=1.4em]Children are also shown animated cartoon couple making love
- [size=1.4em]Video includes information on 'wet dreams' and masturbation
- [size=1.4em]MP wants cinema-style ratings on sex education films for teachers
[size=1.2em]A sex education video produced by the BBC for children as young as nine has been criticised as being 'like a blue movie' by an MP who said the material is 'shattering the innocence of childhood'.
[size=1.2em]The video aims to teach children aged between nine and 11 about growing up, the cycle of life, feelings, family life and friendship.
[size=1.2em]But included in the CD-ROM is an animated video of two cartoon characters making love and a computer-generated sequence showing a couple having sex, accompanied by a graphic explanation.
The sex education film also explains about masturbation and 'wet dreams' but critics say it is too graphic for children
There is also footage of a naked man and woman, used to demonstrate the differences between the sexes, information about 'wet dreams' and masturbation, and graphic diagrams of genitalia.
[size=1.2em]Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom[size=1.2em] said: 'This material is explicit. It is shattering the innocence of childhood.'[size=1.2em]
[size=1.2em]Mrs Leadsom, who has raised the issue in Parliament, including presenting a petition after being contacted by concerned parents last year, said she was embarrassed by the film, adding: 'It was like a blue movie'.
[size=1.2em]She said: 'Parents don't feel their views are being consulted. My son was shown it four years ago. I was told it was by the BBC and I was told it was called 'Living and Growing' and you just expect if it's by the BBC it will be okay.
[size=1.2em]'I was utterly shocked by it when I saw it.'
[size=1.2em]Mrs Leadsom said parents were particularly upset by the computer-generated images of a couple having sex.
[size=1.2em]She said: 'You see an erection and penetration and that's completely astonishing.'
[size=1.2em]The other scenes which angered parents was the cartoon of two people making love.
[size=1.2em]She said: 'It looks bizarre, it's not missionary, the woman is on top and there's a children's voiceover saying something like 'Ooh, it looks like they are having fun.'
[size=1.2em]'Why is there a young child appearing to watch them?'
[size=1.2em]She said parents who had contacted her trusted their instincts with regards to their children and felt the footage was 'absolutely wrong'.
[size=1.2em]She wants sex education films to be given a film-style rating to act as a guide for teachers.
[size=1.2em]Education minister Nick Gibb promised to look into the matter too.
[size=1.2em]The Sex and Relationship Education CD-Rom, produced by BBC Active, goes on to discuss the emotional aspects of relationships including sexual feelings and same-sex crushes as well as marriage.
[size=1.2em]In addition, it covers internet safety and how children can keep themselves safe.
[size=1.2em]The BBC stands by the film, saying it has been put together after consultation with local authorities and experts in education.
[size=1.2em]BBC Active told the newspaper: 'All our resources provide clear guidance on age suitability.
[size=1.2em]'They are designed to allow teachers to pick and choose the elements they feel are appropriate.'