• Has your child already seen 13 Reasons Why? …Probably.

    by  • May 10, 2017 • 4 Every Girl, Internet Safety, Sex, Streaming, Violence • 31 Comments


    You might not have heard of it, but I assure you – just about every teenager in America has.

    The original Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is the most talked about TV show in America, particularly among high schoolers and middle school-aged children.  This teen TV drama is based on a book about a teenage girl who commits suicide and leaves behind a box of cassette tapes which explain the 13 reasons why she killed herself.

    13 Reasons Why is rated TV-MA for two extremely graphic rape scenes, and a graphic, bloody depiction of the main character committing suicide using razor blades.  There are also numerous scenes with unbleeped F-bombs and other profanity, sexual content, violence and bullying in high school, drug use and underage drinking.

    But if you ask most middle schoolers, they have either talked with their  friends about the graphic details of 13 Reasons Why, or have actually seen episodes, despite being rated TV-MA.

    Because the topics of suicide and bullying are extremely important, and the content of the series is so controversial, we want to hear from you!

    13ReasonsDonate1Do you know if your child or grandchild has seen 13 Reasons Why?

    Do you think 13 Reasons Why, rated TV-MA, is appropriate TV viewing  for teens and pre-teens?

    SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW about 13 Reasons Why!



    Chris is the PTC's web administrator and very involved in communications within the PTC. He is happily married to a elementary school teacher and is a proud parent of three children. He also coaches club soccer in his free time.

    31 Responses to Has your child already seen 13 Reasons Why? …Probably.

    1. D
      May 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      The executive producer of this show is Selena Gomez. If her Disney Channel show “Wizards Of Waverly Place” had not been a smashing success, “13 Reasons Why” would never have become a TV series.

      We should have stopped Selena Gomez dead in her tracks while we had the chance…..

    2. Carie Jones
      May 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I heard about this show when my teenage daughter was getting a makeup tutorial at Seohora and one of the associates asked her if she had seen this show yet and encouraged her to do so when my daughter replied that she hadn’t.

      I looked into it. Read some articles from both points of view; it’s horrible, it’s great. I knew I didn’t want her to watch it by herself. We watched in together. I made sure to skip the rape scenes, but we watched the rest.

      I could criticize this series endlessly. There are so many things I didn’t like and wish weren’t in it. On the other hand, my daughter and I had some conversations we probably wouldn’t have had and they were very positive. I am sure different people will react differently, but my daughter was feeling that Hannah was very selfish and critical, often needlessly. She also pointed out that there was a lot of irony in other characters’ behaviors.

      Would I watch it again? No, and neither would my daughter. I hope we have further conversations about it, or the subjects that it covers, though. Would I recommend it others? No. And I also wouldn’t tell them not to watch it.

    3. Carol Usher
      May 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      I have checked with my daughter and learned that my granddaughter’s youth leader has brought it to the attention of the parents of the youth at her church in Alabama. I’m glad to know that the church is paying attention to something that is sure to be a topic among the kids. I’m choosing not to see the trailer myself so I’m not qualified to comment on the content, but I am against graphic violence of any sort. We need to address these issues with kids, for sure, but visual images stick forever. Just reading the descriptions, even of violence in the Bible, leaves a deep impression!

      Thank you for your ongoing work to protect our children from the dark side of media.

    4. Timothy Ehlaye Kalisma
      May 11, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      This show will only inspire acts of suicide in all age groups from adults, teenagers to children, as it spends too much time focusing on giving up to suicide rather than spending its viewers time focusing on overcoming and *persevering.

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