We talked about masturbation, too, and although I was a bit shy I thought that it would be good for the kids watching at home if we were really honest.' Doortje Bracken, the education and information officer for the Rutgers Foundation, which acted as a consultant to the programmes, says that the public response was so positive that a second series is in production.
To make us think it wasn't anything special or scary.' Such is the framework of trust established by these lessons that Ivo says he was able to talk about his homosexuality in front of his classmates. It was a big step to tell them but I'm not ashamed and now they are not so negative - they want to ask me questions about it.' When I asked what was the real age of consent in the Netherlands, neither Ivo nor the others had an answer.
This is because the rules are a Dutch compromise between a law that protects the innocent and a deliberate lassitude that avoids the absurdity of criminalising the routine private behaviour of many teenagers.
So while the age of consent is officially 16, no action is taken over children between 12 and 16 who have sex willingly.
Young people do have sex on vacation so the show gives explicit advice about everything, including how to use a condom.
We thought there would be noises about that but in fact nearly 200 schools have written in asking for a copy of the video.' Since its first public funding in 1969 the foundation has tried to fashion its projects around the realities of young people's lives. Tamara, aged 15, and Maryn, a boy of 16, are both sexually active but they tell their parents what they're up to and, with disarming candour, willingly talk about relationships, contraception and sexual technique.