Why you need to let your kid watch 13 Reasons Why
Since its debut in the spring of 2017, the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why has been a mega-hit for the streaming video service. Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, the show depicts the aftermath of the suicide of Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who leaves behind a series of cassette tapes explaining her reasons for taking her own life.
But with its straightforward approach to sensitive subjects including rape, bullying, and self-harm — and a graphic depiction of Hannah's suicide in the season finale — 13 Reasons Why has been as controversial as it is popular, prompting concerns on the part of school administrators, mental health professionals, and parents about whether it's safe for teens. But if you approach it with consideration and an open mind, the series can be invaluable in teaching young people and their parents how to work through difficult issues. Here are ten arguments in favor of letting your kid watch 13 Reasons Why.