Tips for Parents on “13 Reasons Why” 5/11/2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

You received an Option C alert that a notice went home regarding the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”.

Many of our students have seen it.  It is about a 16 year girl who leaves behind 13 audio tapes, each addressed to a different person who she asserts played a role in her decision to take her own life. The series graphically addresses sexual assault, online abuse, suicide, and the failure of adults to respond to students’ concerns.

We were happy to hear that some of our students watched the series or part of it with their parents.

It is the students who have watched the series without the knowledge of their parents that concerns us. They feel safe to discuss it with their peers but may hesitate in speaking with adults about it. We, the adults need to be proactive and begin conversations about this series with the children.

We are encouraging every parent to watch the series or at least part of it with their child. Opening a conversation on these topics is extremely important. Our guidance counselor will have an open discussions with students from grades 6 to 8.  If we determine that there is a need to address this topic with the 5th Grade, we will do so.

Resources: Please copy and paste links in the address line or right click on the link and choose Open link

13 Reasons Why: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – You Tube Video by Roy Petitfils:


“Why Talk to Kids About ’13 Reasons Why'” by a school psychologist (via Child-Mind Institute)

Child-Mind Institute

Netflix 13 Reasons Why – What Viewers Should Consider:

Jed Foundation

JED Foundation: 13 Reasons Why: Tips for viewing and discussing the Series.

Talking Points