I had a great talk with my teen and it started with asking if she was watching 13 Reasons Why. Miss G said she was not but many of her friends were watching it and were constantly talking about it. Miss G enjoys the Supernatural and Bones genre of shows vs the teen angst genre. I watched all episodes of 13 Reason Why and found many scenes difficult to watch, something the producers were aiming towards, and I wanted to make sure Miss G knew she could talk to me about any of the scenes. Even thought Miss G has not watched the show, we managed to have a not so scary chat about all the scary stuff…
If you’re thinking of watching 13 Reasons Why with your teen and are looking for additional information, here are some resources to help navigate the conversation: 13 Reasons Why Talking Points (created by SAVE.org and the JED Foundation) and the after-show titled 13 Reasons Why: Beyond The Reasons. If you are immediately concerned about a teen in your life, you can find a list of local market resources on this 13 Reasons Why Global Resource Website
Each day, many parents around the world are eager to connect with their teens, and contrary to popular belief teens really do want to open up. With 70% of parents and 66% of teens wishing they had more to talk about with one another, we are left wondering where’s the common ground? Turns out, entertainment can be the answer.
Are parents seriously watching their teens favourite shows?
Canadian parents (82%) admit they are already watching shows like Supernatural, Pretty Little Liars and Stranger Things to feel closer to their teenager. And teens around the world (74%) are on board, saying they’d be interested in talking to parents about the shows they watch, with both sides (89% of parents and 70% of teens) seeing it as a strong way to bond.
Bridging the conversation gap.
While 56% of parents in Canada think it’s tough to talk to teens, nearly all parents worldwide (93%) feel watching their TV shows will give them more to talk about and 78% of teens agree. Not only that, but watching shows teens are watching every now and then inspires more than just small talk.
Tackling tough topics.
When it comes to tough conversations (think sex, bullying, and stress), parents (79%) and teens (65%) agree watching the same shows could help start a dialogue. And most teens (71%) even admit having their parents watch their favourite shows could help them better understand what’s going on in their lives.
So what should parents be watching?
According to teens, content found in shows like Supernatural, Breaking Bad, Daredevil, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy and Orange is the New Black might give parents and teens more to talk about and even help parents better relate to them.