13 Reasons Why is a movie based of a popular book that involves a teenager committing suicide and leaving tapes behind to explain why she did it. The story is really emotional and it has been watched by a ton of teens as well as their parents. There have been a lot of articles shared online about why you should or shouldn’t let your kids watch the show, but here is the thing. Whether you ‘let’ them or not, chances are they will be watching it with their friends. If you are concerned about this, I think parents should be watching 13 Reasons Why with their teens and use it as a way to start difficult conversations.
Every parent gets to choose what is right for their family, but I thought this video about what a parent and teen think about having these conversations:
Not having teens myself, I have a similar discussion with my younger boys. There are lots of times a show they watch brings up something I want them to learn. The last few weeks my kids have started watching non animated shows. We started with Matlida and my kids thought they would hate it. All three big boys were laughing out loud and I kept hearing phrases like “you would never do that to us, right mom?” and “she is so mean”. It was a great way to have a small conversations about being nice, how each family has their own way of doing things as well as teaching them about empathy and bullying. I am sure there will be a lot more conversations starting the same way in the months to come.
What shows do you like watching with your kids?
Disclaimer: I am part of the Netflix Stream Team which has some nice perks, but all opinions are, as always, my own.