You may have heard about the Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” which is based on a book by the same name by Jay Asher.
Some of our middle school students may have seen it, read the book, or heard about the drama, although Common Sense Media rates it for age 16+ due to the depiction of a graphic death and two violent rapes. I have watched all of the drama and I would recommend if your middle school student wants to watch it that should be with a parent or guardian. The subject matter is serious (teen suicide and bullying) and there are numerous scenes and actions that would be best viewed with an adult.
We wanted to provide families with some resources if you know your students are watching the show. Here are some 13 Reasons Why talking points from SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) and conversation starters from ParentMap. Even if your middle school student has not seen the show you may consider talking with them about it as they have likely heard about it and may have misconceptions.
Here is a blog Responding to 13 Reasons Why
from a school counselor discussing some concerns about how the show handles sensitive topics.
As always, please reach out if you have specific concerns about your child or another student. We are here to help.