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13 Reasons Why - The Show that's Getting Teens Talking to Parents

May 2, 2017

I'm an avid Netflix binger! I love stumbling across a new indie style Netflix show that doesn't seem to follow the rules of network TV or have the over-the-top Hollywood blockbuster effect that premium channel shows do. So, when my Netflix account suggested this new series to me, it wasn't out of the norm for me to give an episode a shot. What is unusual for me is that just a few days later I was completing the season with a profound new outlook on what teenagers face today in high school.

I'm only 32! I graduated from high school in 2003, which didn't feel like that long ago until I watched THIS show. In 2003, we had cell phones and AIM, but we weren't really texting yet and certainly didn't have 24/7 access to a camera and the ability to share anything with the literal world with one swift touch of our phones. I've heard stories about bullying and know people who have been victims of sexual harassment, but this show dove into the grown up situations that our young adults are experiencing today. We can talk all we want to about how high schoolers are just kids... but if we're really honest, their reality and daily choices make the ones we had at 16 seem more like "Leave It To Beaver". 

This new series on Netflix has caught the attention of parents, especially parents of teens. The show tells a story of a high school girl who commits suicide after recording 13 tapes and sending them to a friend who then passes them along to other classmates, each of them becoming part of her story... 13 Reasons (people) Why she ended her life. As you painfully twist through the story lines you see so many missed opportunities for her friends and family to have noticed and potentially saved her life.

It's real, it's raw and it's a story that deserves to make it's way into the conversations parents have with teens.

We talked about it on the Wake Up With the Wolf Show and received some calls from our friends too!