13 reasons why has become a very popular television show within the last year. The first season covered the controversial and sad topic of teen suicide. The second season has involved a lot of sexual assault and violence. How is this show affecting teens? Should they be allowed to watch it? What are your thoughts on how the topics are introduced and what the show truly stands for? Is it an accurate representation of life for teens? Do a lot of people understand that it is fiction and not based on a true story? How do you feel about the violent episodes (especially in season 2) if you have watched the show?
My dad is a teacher and after the second season came out the principal emailed parents and told them to watch the show with their kids and discuss it. Do you think discussing the material in the show is important? Or should we just treat it as another fiction tv show?
I know that watching a lot of violent television and movie content can negatively affect children. If they could learn more about other human emotions than just violence all the time then it would be helpful. Also a parent discussing the shows and talking to their children about what happened in the shows is very helpful.
Reading 13 reasons Why in the sixth grade gave me great insight into understanding the thought process of someone suffering from suicidal ideation. At that time, this was essential for me to understand. I had been battling my own suicidal thoughts and felt that no other person could have been experiencing these dark thoughts. Jay Asher has chosen a medium that gets the conversation started about this. the gentle approach to such a “grim” topic like suicide helps to lower the stigma we place on ourselves and others who must deal with these thoughts on a regular basis.
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