Despite the mixed feelings we have have how the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ approached the critically important topic of teen suicide, there is still plenty of good reason to share some quality binge-watching time with your teens.
Why? Well, not only is it a great way to trick our big kids into getting cozy with us on the sofa, it can also give us a great way to engage with kids around tough subjects.
Netflix conducted its own global survey, which found that 74 per cent of teens are interested in talking to their teens about the shows they watch and 70 per cent of parents wish they had more to talk about with their teens.
Canadian parents are clearly—forgive the pun—tuning into this because 82 per cent have already watched a show their teen watches.
And it can pay off. According to the Netflix survey, 78 per cent of teens say this gives them more to talk about with their parents, and 70 per cent say it creates an understanding between them.
I’ve certainly found this to be the case in my house. Watching “Gilmore Girls” has given us plenty of laughs but also good openings for talking about all manner of things from healthy relationships to homework. I also recently watched “Riverdale” and plan to do so with my 13-year-old.
Some other faves that we watch when we’re together with my younger son, too: “Brooklyn 99” and “UnBreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
So while “13 Reasons Why” doesn’t get the nod from us, there are plenty of other good shows that give parents the opportunity to connect meaningfully with their kids.
Here are a few suggestions in this infographic. Please add your own in the comments!
P.S. The creators of “13 Reasons Why” built a global crisis information website that can be searched by country.
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