Video Transcripts for P&G School Programs

Always Changing—Boys

Classroom Scene

Teacher: Okay, guys, a couple things before the bell rings. Now, I’m sure that I need to remind you that next week is the last week of school.

Class: Cheers and waves arms

Teacher: Okay, okay, okay, okay…but we still have a couple important things to cover. Next Tuesday, we’re going to be showing the videos on puberty in health class. Remember to have your parents sign your permission slips—(holds up copies) extra copies if you need them. And if they have any questions, I’m happy to talk to them. And second, next Wednesday is our Field Day; it should be lots of fun. Be sure and have your parents sign the consent form, and don’t forget to sign it for your activities.
Okay, have a great weekend everybody. No running…bye…

Class exits school (0:47)

Three girls walking and talking together (0:50)

Megan: So, get to my house by 7:00 tonight, okay?

Allison: I can’t wait!

Samantha: Yeah, let’s stay up all night!

All three: Yeah, yeah!

Samantha: Okay, okay, I’ll see you later! Bye, guys!

Allison and Megan: Bye…

Scene continues with four boys talking. (1:01)

Red Shirt: No way!

Ryan: Serious, my cousin told me.

Plaid Shirt: Ryan, you’re never serious. (All four boys laugh)

Eric: Hey listen, I gotta go, my mom wants me to cut the grass.

Ryan: On a Friday night!

Red Shirt: Why, Ryan, what are your big plans? Doing the dishes?

Ryan: Hey, man, that’s for me to know and you not to find out.

Plaid Shirt: Oh, there’s my brother. See ya.

Red Shirt: See ya.

Eric: Bye, guys.

Scene changes to Eric walking into house (1:24)

Mom: Hey, welcome home. Fun day? Or, maybe not… What’s up, honey?

Eric: I have a couple permission slips you have to sign for school.

Mom: Oh, Field Day—that sounds like fun.
(He shrugs)

Mom: Oh, this one’s for a video on puberty for your health class.

Eric: It’s just something they’re making us watch in school.

Mom: And you’re not looking forward to it.

Eric: shakes head “No”

Mom: Eric, I know it can be a little embarassing, but it’ll be worth watching. You’ll learn important things. I saw one myself when I was your age, and it made me feel a lot better afterward.

Eric: It’s all stupid.

Mom: Oh, Eric. By the way…

Eric: What?

Mom: I called my brother to help out with the deck tomorrow.

Eric: Uncle Pat?

Mom: Mmm, hmm. You think you could help him out?

Eric: Sure, I’ll help Uncle Pat.

Mom: Great, I’ll let you know what time he’s coming.

Eric: Okay.

Scene changes to boys playing basketball. (2:33)

Teenager: Okay, rise and shine, Joseph. Are you ready to play the champion?

Joseph: You wish!

Teenager: You know you got a big field day next week, huh, huh? Ahhh (tosses ball into basket). Heh, heh, better play better than that.

Joseph: Luck—you distracted me with your big flapping arms.

Teenager: Better than your big flappin’ mouth. Let’s go… (laughs as he intercepts ball from Joseph)

Joseph: This isn’t fair, you’re taller than me.

Teenager: You know what they say Joseph, “You gotta learn how to play with the big boys.”

Joseph: Forget it!

Teenager: Come on now, Joseph. I know you’re not goin’ to quit that easy, right? Come on man, what’s wrong with you?

Joseph: Why do I even bother? I’m never going to be tall enough to really play.

Teenager: Joseph, c’mon now, you’re a fifth grader. I’m a senior in high school—there’s a big difference.

Joseph: I know…

Teenager: I’m serious, man. When I was your age, you were what, a little bratty four-year-old? Anyways, I was the same size as you.

Joseph: Well, when did you start growin’?

Teenager: About the eighth grade—you probably will, too. But even if you don’t start growing right then, you’re goin’ grow. It just takes time. Any way, I can tell you’re growin’.

Joseph: For real? How?

Teenager: Well, Dad did give you the little, ah, shower and deodorant talk, right?

Joseph: Yeah, that was fun.

Teenager: Heh, heh. So, ah, did you listen?

Joseph: What do you mean?

Teenager: I mean are you using the deodorant? I know you want to take on the opposing team and all, but smellin’ ‘em out is not the way to do it.

Joseph: I took a shower last night.

Teenager: Well, do us all a favor, and take a shower today and every day. Okay? And make sure you use the deodorant. You’ll especially need it after sweatin’ out a game with the enforcer. Which reminds me, change your clothes after you play every game. Okay?

Joseph: Boys aren’t supposed to be all perfumey.

Teenager: I’m not sayin’ you’re supposed to get all perfumey and stuff, just make sure you take care of yourself. And those girls, they don’t get all perfumey by accident you know. They take showers and use deodorant, too. Hey, just look on the bright side; all these changes just mean that you’re starting to grow up.

Joseph: Okay, thanks.

Teenager: Yeah, now, show me what’cha got.

Scene changes to Samantha in her room the next day. (5:02)

Mom: Good morning, Sunshine. Did you have fun at your sleepover?

Samantha: Yeah, we painted our nails.

Mom: Ooo, very nice, indeed. I bet you didn’t get much sleep.

Samantha: No… (giggles)

Mom: Okay, just try to get enough the rest of the weekend. Sleep at your age is very important.

Samantha: Oh, yeah, Mom, I need you to sign another permission slip.

Mom: Oh, another video? Oh, Field Day—that sounds fun!

Samantha: I guess (says unenthusiastically)

Mom: It doesn’t?

Samantha: Well, (hesitates) you have to play a sport, and I’m not good at anything.

Mom: Oh, Samantha, that’s not true. You won at the science fair this year, and you do amazing art work.

Samantha: I don’t think there’s a field day category for that.

Mom: (laughing) I just mean you’re good at lots of things.

Samantha: Except for Phys Ed.

Mom: Well, I wasn’t very athletic either. I mean, I couldn’t hit a ball, I couldn’t make baskets, but I was good at other things.

Samantha: Why can’t I just be like Megan? She’s good at everything, AND she’s not fat.

Mom: Okay, number one, nobody’s good at everything. And, Samantha, you’re not fat…you’re growing. You’re just a little bigger.

Samantha: FAT!

Mom: Honey, I know you don’t want to hear this, but putting on a little weight at your age is actually normal. I mean, if I let you eat doughnuts at every meal, and you never got back on your bike, that could become a problem. Everyone’s different. It’s still important for you to get out and get some exercise that you think is fun, and for you to eat healthy. Remember? I had to get on your brother about sitting in front of the TV eating junk food.

Samantha: I know—I’ve been eating more fruit.

Mom: That’s good, because eating healthy is good for more than just weight. It helps keep your skin clear, and it makes your hair even shinier.

Samantha: Can it make me good at sports?

Mom: Well, the important thing is—just do your best. But I know you’ll find a way of having fun that day.

Samantha: Okay. (laughing)

Scene changes to Eric and Uncle Pat working on the deck. (7:12)

Pat: That looks good.

Eric: Yup.

Pat: You know I get work done a lot faster when you’re helping me out. I wonder if your mom will let you help me out a couple days a week when school ends.

Eric: That would be awesome!

Pat: Okay, I’ll talk to her about it. So, you’re going to be, what, in the sixth grade next year?

Eric: nods “yes”

Pat: I’d say you’re old enough to start taking on a little more responsibility.

Eric: I think so.

Pat: You mom said…well, I’ll level with you, Eric. Your mom told me about what you’re going to be learning next week—puberty and all that fun stuff. She thought you might want to talk about it with, you know, another guy. Someone who might get what you’re thinking a little better.

Eric: Oh, man…

Pat: Don’t worry about it. I won’t ask you any more about it if you don’t want me to. I just want to tell you this—if you ever want to talk about anything, you can talk to me. Okay?

Eric: Okay.

Pat: I mean it!

Eric: Okay.

Pat: Okay.

Eric: Uncle Pat…

Pat: Yeah!

Eric: Nothin’… (sits on deck)

Pat: (sits next to Eric) You DO want to talk about something. What is it?

Eric: Well, it’s just this guy at school, Ryan. He told us about…well…like sex stuff and how big we are. He heard it all from his cousin, and his cousin’s a lot older than us. And if it’s true, I feel like…what if I’m not as big as everyone else. Or what if something’s wrong with me?

Pat: Don’t you worry, Eric. Some guys don’t start getting taller until they’re in high school.

Eric: I’m not talkin’ about that kind of growing, I’m talkin’ about other things being too small.

Pat: Ahhh… Eric, boys talk a lot about stuff they don’t understand like, what’s a normal penis size, and all that is, is just stories. Everybody’s different—there’s no such thing as a “normal” size. And anyway, penis size has nothing to do with how manly you are. I can assure you; you’re a normal boy and have nothing to worry about. You’re going to turn out just fine.

Eric: Well, I hope so.

Pat: You are! And that video next week is going to help a lot, too. You’ll learn the facts, and like I said, you can always talk to me if you have anymore questions. Or you can talk to a teacher you like, er, or your doctor, too. Even your mom—I bet she’d understand.

Eric: Okay.

Pat: Okay. Good!

Scene changes back to the classroom (10:19)

Teacher: Okay, now, boys, we’ll have you go with Mr. Becker, and girls, if we could have you move up into the front seats, then we’ll get the video started. (boys leave and girls move up)

Video starts (10:29)

Narrator: Growing Up to Be a Man (picture of boy changing into man) Whoops, not so fast! (Man shrinks back to boy)

Drawing of Boy: Whew!

Narrator: (diagram of boy’s body appears) Growing up takes time. As a boy enters puberty, the pituitary gland sends a signal to his testicles; this causes the production of testosterone, which in turn causes a number of bodily changes. During puberty, a boy may grow up to four inches or more a year, the genitals enlarge, hair begins to grow in the pubic region, under the arms, on the face, and sometimes on the chest. The voice changes and the body fills out and becomes more muscular. But besides changing your shoe size every six months, what’s the point of puberty?
(Male Stages of Development)

Narrator: All of the changes you are experiencing are part of getting your body ready for reproduction. That doesn’t mean you’re ready for the responsibility of raising a child--just that your body is getting ready. Sperm are made here in the testicles. When a man gets sexually excited, his penis fills with blood and stiffens—this is called an erection. At this time, sperm can travel through the urethra in the center of the penis and spurt out through the opening at the end of the penis. This is called an ejaculation; an ejaculation can also occur while you’re sleeping. This is commonly called “a wet dream.” During puberty the boy will often have erections any time and anywhere, and not just when he is sexually aroused—it can be embarassing, but it is completely normal.

Narrator: Growing Up to Be a Man. Well, we’ve learned it doesn’t happen that fast, but it is certainly is a fascinating journey.

End of video—scene changes to Mr. Becker’s classroom (12:29)

Mr. Becker: (turning off TV) Okay, any questions? (Boys look around and no one speaks) Nobody?

Matt: Well, this wasn’t in the video, but why does your voice change?

Mr. Becker: Just like your pituitary gland and testosterone tell the other parts of your body to grow, they tell your larynx or your “voicebox” to grow. And when your larynx starts growing, your voice starts to change. Sometimes it does something called, cracking. But that just means that you’re still growing—it will settle down eventually. Next question…(no questions from class)

Mr. Becker: I’ll tell you what—let me answer a question from the box. This is probably a question that a lot of you have.

Why does your penis sometimes get hard? (lots of giggling) When that happens, it’s called an erection. Erections can happen when you get excited about something, and sometimes they happen when you don’t expect it and you might feel embarassed. Don’t worry about it; it’s perfectly normal; especially when you’re hitting puberty. Okay, what else?

Joseph: When do we start shaving?

Mr. Becker: Well, that depends on the guy. I mean, I’m forty-four years old and sometimes, I still don’t feel like I need to shave. Most guys start growing hair on their face at about the age of sixteen, and when you want to shave after that, it’s pretty much up to you. Some of you guys might prefer a big, long beard down to here—I don’t know.

Eric: Does everyone get pimples?

Mr. Becker: Like anything with your body, whether or not you get them, is sometimes just a matter of genetics. They’re caused by something called, sebum. It’s an oily substance your body starts producing at puberty, which is why it’s important to wash your face and hair often. Which reminds me of something else… Whether you are a boy or a girl, you’re born with something called, eccrine glands that produce fluid—otherwise known as sweat. In puberty, hormones cause glands called, apocrine glands, to produce fluid. When mixed with bacteria, that sweat can cause body odor and that’s why it’s important to use deodorant or anti-perspirant. Okay—who else?

Ryan: Well, some of the girls are so tall, how come some of the guy aren’t?

Mr. Becker: That’s actually a very good question. It just so happens that girls on the average tend to mature a little bit faster than boys. But don’t worry about it. Even if the girls are taller than you, they’re probably not going to stay that way. How tall you get depends on a lot of things like how tall your parents are, but most boys continue to grow until their late teens. You may not have any more questions right now, but if you come up with anymore later on, please ask me or your parents. Okay?

I’ve got some packets up here with that all-important deodorant and some booklets with some more information—so come on up and get one on your way out.
(Boys exit classroom saying, “Bye, Mr. Becker.”)

Scene changes to Field Day (17:04)

Referee: Blows whistle

Teacher: Okay, Samantha, you’re in. (Samantha, looking anxious, jogs onto soccer field)

Referee: Blows whistle and girls starting playing)

Megan: Samantha’s open!

Girl on team: Samantha! (Passes ball to Samantha, who kicks it into goal)
(Girls jumping up and down and ref blows whistle)

Referee: Score!

Megan: I knew you could do it!
(Girls continue jumping up and down)

All: Yay, yay

Video fades to product screen (17:57)

Credits roll