Now if you haven’t seen it, you have probably heard about it. The intense, emotional and controversial Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ has taken over the Internet, and it’s pretty clear why.
13 Reasons Why is about a high school student Hannah Baker who has tragically committed suicide. The show follows her fellow student Clay Jenson who comes across 13 cassette tapes, these turns out to be Hannah’s tapes, with the 13 reasons why she killed herself.
However these tapes are not so much reasons but actually 13 people who drove her to this suicidal state. Each person is supposed to listen to the tape (including their own) and then pass them on to the next person. As much as this story line sounds disturbing, the show also covers topic of bullying, assault, rape and multiple suicides.
There has been an immense amount of negativity surrounding the show in the press as many people believe is glamorises revenge suicide. There have even been schools sending out warning to parents about the show, especially for those more vulnerable students. Many people have also described the series having trigger warnings for people more susceptible to suicidal thoughts; so much so that there has now been a trigger warning added at the begging of each episode.
Now personally, I have great respect for the show, I found it incredibly moving and at times overwhelming as you truly connect with these characters who go through absolute hell. I would honestly advise no one to watch more than two of the episodes in one sitting, as you need a break due to how intense they are.
Despite my admiration for the show, I think it’s completely inappropriate of Netflix that some of the episodes are rated 15 when others are 18, as no one below 18 is mentally prepared for this show and the inconsistency is really unsafe. So I urge you to watch before or even with your child before they continue to watch these graphic scenes.
I feel like I appreciated the programme for what it was and actually did take away from it what was intended. 13 Reasons Why constantly inject lines into you through out the show like “some of you cared, but non of you cared enough” and “why didn’t you say this to me when I was alive?” It almost frustrated you that no one spoke out on how the felt or said something that could of saved Hannah, and by watching this you wish you never followed the crowd or were too afraid to stand up for someone.
13 Reasons Why is in a league of its own and it’s message is more important now than ever. Social media, high school and all the other pressure can lead someone down a dark path that you could have no idea about.
Please make sure your children are old enough to watch 13 Reasons why and you can talk openly about the issues or emotion they felt from this eye opening series.
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