13 Reasons Why
by Michael Cook | October 11, 2017
13 Reasons Why, the young adult novel and TV series, created a firestorm of controversy. Some schools believed that its portrayal of suicide and self-harm had sparked teen suicides.
The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology was horrified by the indifference of the Netflix series to teenagers’ mental health. The National Association of School Psychologists says that “Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies.”
In the lead article below, Rafael Hurtado and Rafael Garcia Yeomans dissect some of the flaws in the TV series. They argue that it depicts teenagers whose sexually-confused lives are empty and superficial. The adults are clueless and distant. It’s a good conversation starter with your kids.