I have an 11-year-old boy and 7 year-old-girl and I'm concerned.
I've never seen the Netlfix series or read any of the 13 Reasons Why books, but this could serve as a major "caution sign" to parents with children who may have access to either.
Even though there's no evidence linked, a Colorado school has tried to remove the book from their library shelves following seven recent suicides within their district. Critics claim 13 Reasons Why “romanticizes suicide."
The website (which requires you enter your date of birth before moving past the home page) says the book is a NY Times Best Seller that will "change your life," but in what way?
According to Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in adolescents aged 15 to 24, and is the 3rd leading cause of death in children ages 10 to14.
Psychology Today listed the positive and negative sides of this show:
The Positive: 13 Reasons Why opens the door for discussion among families about life as a teen, social pressure found in hallways, school buses, lunch rooms, online and otherwise as well as the issue of bullying and other social injustice.
The Negative: 13 Reasons Why also glamorizes suicide and does little to teach about mental illness.
If you've seen this show or read the books, do you feel there's serious cause for concern? Should there be a restriction on what ages are allowed to sign the book out from the library or purchase from their local book store?
Would you be comfortable with your child reading or watching?
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Text CONNECT to 741741
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