Growing up 

Teenagers talk about their experience of growing up and how they cope with the changes in their bodies.

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Transcript of Growing up

From the end of year six to the beginning of year seven,

everything starts to change.

Everyone changes, everyone has to grow up

and the changes you go through are called puberty.

But what is puberty?

- Erm... - It's when your breasts start to grow

and you get hairs in certain places.

That weren't there before.

You sometimes get moody, aggressive...

You find out things that you never found out before.

Hopefully, I'll start to get taller.

And girls start their period about 11.

What's a period?


Were they right? Let's ask a doctor for the facts about puberty.

It's a process that starts at around about the age of ten or 11 in girls

and around about the age of 13 or 14 in boys.

Probably the first thing a girl will notice

is that her breasts start to enlarge,

she gets little breast buds,

and one of the first things a boy will notice

is that his testicles will feel bigger, they'll get a bit bigger.

So what does happen to a boy's body during puberty?

They get hairier.


Your hair gets a lot greasier as well, so you have to wash it more.

Your sexual organs down there, they start enlarging.

- And you have wet dreams. - Start getting pubic hair.

In your air pits, body hair, facial hair.

(tuts) You know we do.

The penis gets bigger and they start thinking about women.

When you're nine, ten, 11,

you look at girls and you go, "Er, whatever."

"Don't want to be mixing with them."

But as soon as you go through puberty, you're more attracted to girls.

And boys, I don't know, they kind of become more reserved

and perhaps a little grumpy at times.

- They do that whole male macho thing. - Yeah.

I started getting really angry from a small little thing

that I never would get angry with before.

I don't know what happens to women.

OK, then, let's find out. What does happen to girls?

You start growing and getting growing pains.

You're getting your child body into an adult body.

You get huge jaws and hips.

Hips and curves and shape.

The breasts grow.

Yeah, the breasts grow, I suppose.

You get boobs and... stuff like that.

Pubic hair starts to grow.

The vagina and armpits...

So they have to shave their legs and stuff.

But of course, not all girls develop at the same rate.

(doctor) What is important is not to think

that if you haven't had any of these changes in year six,

in year seven or year eight, there's anything wrong with you, there isn't.

It's just for whatever reason, blame your parents or your grandparents,

you're going through it at a different rate

that the other girls and boys in your class.

You get spots. Erm...

And you get really moody.

And you start to get attitude and everything.

I think my dad's experienced that from me.

I think girls are affected more than boys.

You get a lot more emotional.

- Everything's really crazy. - Especially girls.

Everything is a big deal and you get stressed out.

And girls and boys start to sweat, which can be smelly,

so here's an agony aunt with some advice.

We've got a problem here from a girl in Birmingham

whose friend smells.

And she says, "One of my best friends has bad BO but she doesn't realise it."

"Should I tell her?"

Yes, you really should tell her.

Go up to her quietly when it's just the two of you,

maybe when you're walking home from school or listening to your CDs,

and just say to her, "Look, I think you should try using some deodorant."

Think about how you'd feel if someone had to tell you that you smelled.

That way, you'll be able to do it in a nice, caring way,

she'll stop smelling and everyone will be happy.


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