13 Reasons Why and the Portrayal of Teen Suicide.
The Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why depicts a group of teenagers trying to understand why their friend Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford) took her own life. Before her death, Hannah recorded 13 audio cassettes explaining the dark secrets that drove her to suicide.
Should your teens see Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why?” On our podcast, Dr. Christopher Gildemeister of the Parents Television Council talks about the TV show, its mature subject matter and the controversy it has created amongst parents and teens. The series also includes some detailed sex and rape scenes, along with a graphic depiction of a character slitting her wrists. Another grave concern is the possibility of at-risk teens watching this drama where the young women gets so much attention from her fatal actions. The bottom line is parents should be well aware of what this series is and how it may affect their children.
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Dr. Gildemeister also discusses the latest TV shows to be renewed and axed by the major networks in 2017. (Hopefully your favorite is on the first list.)
And we discuss Joe Johnston (director of Captain America: The First Avenger and October Sky), and the announcement that he will be working The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, the fourth movie in the family-friendly franchise.
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