BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 13481

Ask Lara - Girls only party

Ask Lara - Girls only party
Key Info
  • Ask Lara - Girls only party
  • Duration: 11:48
  • The girls are enjoying a girls party. Monica (11) and Lara (12) are having great fun but Akira (12) just doesn't seem her usual happy self. Not wanting to miss out on all the fun, Tony (13) and Gabriel (13) decide to crash the party. As the boys join the party it becomes clear that there is something up with Akira, she's being grumpy and makes fun of Gabriel for going red whenever he is embarrassed or nervous. Trying to calm the situation Monica suggests they play a game of 'Secret, secrets' so the gang all sit down to play the game. After having a few laughs, Gabriel admits he hates that he blushes so much, and that he always thinks people laugh at him when he does. At this revelation, Akira bursts into tears and runs to the bathroom. Akira feels terrible about making fun of Gabriel. Lara and Monica recognise that Akira's emotions are all over the place, and explain that perhaps it's because she is getting her period. They explain that her moodiness is just down to PMS, and not because she's a bad person. As Lara and Monica speak with Akira, Tony and Gabriel have a heart to heart. Tony is able to cheer up Gabriel which makes him relax about his blushing problem. The party ends on a happy note.
  • Subject:



    Keeping Healthy

  • Keywords: Ask Lara, asklara, PMS, PMT, period, change, blushing, embarrassment, problems, teenager, mood, development, growing up.
Ideas for use in class
  • Can be used to introduce discussions about Premenstrual syndrome. It's designed to be accessible to as broad a group as possible. It is also a useful tool to assess the level of current knowledge of menstruation and PMS in a mixed gender class. The audience will ideally already have a basic understanding of what PMS and periods are as the storyline does not explain the biological facts, as with all episodes the emphasis is on the emotional side of puberty and growing up. It may be useful to use alongside 13463 which looks at menstruation and the mixture of emotions which arise as a result. Gabriel's storyline explores involuntary blushing and embarrassment and may be used to stimulate discussion on self-confidence. Teachers are advised to consult your school's policy on PSHE [sex] education to determine suitability and whether parental consent is required
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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