Watching Your Teens’ Favourite Netflix Shows Together is a Good Idea

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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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


'Watching Your Teens’ Favourite Netflix Shows Together is a Good Idea' have 4 comments

  1. May 1, 2017 @ 4:20 pm The New Family / Why This Teenager Thinks ‘13 Reasons Why’ Misses the Mark - The New Family

    […] can be searched by country. Also, engaging with teens around the programs they’re watching is a good idea, not just to find out when the material might be triggering and upsetting, as could be the case […]

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  2. May 3, 2017 @ 4:14 pm James

    As a parent who binge-watches with his teen, I’m on board with this. The trick is to get your teen to binge _with_ you, rather than _before you get home from work_. My kid _blazed_ through _Riverdale_, _13 Reasons Why_, and every season of _Gilmore Girls_. She’s a content-consuming _machine_. So sometimes these important conversations don’t happen until after I’ve caught up.

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  3. Angie Gallop

    May 5, 2017 @ 10:32 am Angie Gallop

    Great stuff. I tried to have no or little TV in my house but I don’t think this is a solution. TV is here to stay. Thanks for the encouragement to plug into what they are watching rather than demonize it.

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    • Brandie Weikle

      May 7, 2017 @ 10:25 pm Brandie Weikle

      Glad you found it helpful, Angie! I appreciate the feedback!

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