I can’t believe it. Five weeks later and people are still talking about 13 Reasons Why.
Amidst all the critique, teens have risen up to create hope. This week, Oxford High School students created “13 Reasons Why Not.” If this doesn’t speak to the power of teens helping teens, I don’t know what does.
I am still reading multiple articles about the series every day.
Here are a few of my “favorites:”
Teens React to 13 Reasons Why on YouTube
Please, please, please if you have teens or tweens, talk to them about this show. See how similar Liberty High School is to theirs. You’d be surprised how much you don’t know. Let them know that if they or a friend feels this way, they don’t have to end up like Hannah. The “glamour” of Hannah’s revenge is lost, as she is dead, and all those who wronged her are still here. They will grow up; she won’t.
Make sure they know that there are adults who “get it” or can help without judging, blaming, or minimizing. Remind them in words and actions that your love is unconditional and you can handle whatever they throw your way. LISTEN, be present, and remember that as hard as it is to be an adult, it’s hard to be a teen too!
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