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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Warning on Netflix Series

Have you heard of 13 Reasons Why?  This series on Netflix debuted last year and now is back with a second season.  Season one was highly popular with teens, so of course Netflix is doing it again.  The title stands for 13 reasons why someone committed suicide.  Its graphic and dramatic and some say it sends a dangerous message to impressionable teens.

If your a parent of a teen, please be aware of this program and if your teen is watching it sit down and watch it along side them.  Have a dialog about the dangers of self harm and the sensationalizing of such behaviors.  If you can't take the time to sit and watch it with your teen, take a look at the website Smart Social  and their video  The author is an internet based social media specialist.  His name is Josh Ochs and he is selling his services.  I think he has a good message and could be very helpful, but I am not recommending you buy anything unless you feel you need that support.  

The number one statement on Smart Social that triggered me to write this:

  • recent study found that the release of 13 Reasons Why corresponded with between 900,000 – 1,500,000 more suicide related internet searches in the U.S., including a 26% increase in searches for “how to commit suicide” 
That is frightening.  The more aware you are of what the social media and entertainment media your child consumes and what it is saying, the better you can understand and deal with whatever issues pop up.

If you or your child do need help, there are numbers to call:
  • Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
  • Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Lifeline Crisis Chat: CrisisChat.org

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