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Am I Ready? Making Healthy Sexual Decisions

2011
Distributed by Human Relations Media, 41 Kensico Drive, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549; 800-431-2050
Producer n/a
Director n/a
DVD, color, 24 min.
Jr. High - General Adult
Health Sciences


Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

Highly Recommended  Highly Recommended   
 
Date Entered: 12/21/2011

The politics of sex education for teens is tricky, but kids need reliable and realistic information. They also need that information to address their psychosocial concerns in a non-patronizing and non-preachy fashion. This short film, narrated by pleasant, savvy young people with adult experts (from such reputable organization as HiTOPS Inc. in Princeton, NJ) providing additional perspective, fits the bill very well. Am I Ready is well-organized along a series of questions – e.g., Why am I thinking about sex? or What are my sexual values? Like other Human Relations Media films, this one contains a nice mix of live action, interviews and graphics in a way that keeps the viewer’s interest. Finally, while the overall message of the film is for teens to delay sex until they’re older and can be certain they’re not having sex for the wrong reasons, it also provides basic information about protecting themselves from STIs and pregnancy should they decide to go ahead. This DVD should be a part of any teen health collection in a library, school or clinical setting.