Social and emotional trends are common among teens. Many movies, books, music and television shows capture those trends. Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix is one example. Based on a 2007 best-selling novel for young adults, Thirteen Reasons Why follows a high school student who completes suicide. Each episode addresses one of thirteen reasons why she chose to take her life. Though the show is meant for mature audiences, it does bring up important social and emotional issues that affect many of today’s young people.

Guided by Jeff Dess, Coordinator of our Cobb County Prevention/Intervention Program, we suggest that if your child is engaged in watching Thirteen Reasons Why be prepared to talk about it together. It is a real opportunity to have conversations about critical issues many young people face today. We encourage you to consider the links below to help you prepare. We understand what students watch at home is totally a parent’s responsibility, but we would be remiss not to share that the Dickerson staff does not recommend this for the young or sensitive middle school student.

A review by Common Sense Media of the Netflix Series: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/13-reasons-why

Parents who want a guide to important conversations with their teens who watch the series may benefit from the following suggestions:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-teens-after-13-reasons-why

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Hamer