Notice to parents/caregivers and students

Wellbeing & Support
Information on 13 Reasons Why – Season Two

You may recall the public discussion https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11849071 generated by last year’s Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

Season two was released worldwide on Friday 18 May. This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. Themes of suicide, sexual assault, consent, bullying and other issues made some viewers feel distressed and in need of support. Similar and equally confronting themes are present in season two. Some young people may re-watch the first season, or watch it for the first time.

Young people feel the show represents the issues they face. Banning or recommending a ban on viewing it can be harmful, as young people will still watch it but feel they have to hide that from adults.   The issues raised in the series are significant and offer a good opportunity to talk to our young people about these difficult life events – but it is important that those conversations are safe ones.

13 Reasons Why is not the only challenging series young people are watching but it is one of the most talked about. The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re watching https://www.classificationoffice.govt.nz/news/latest-news/challenging-media/. The Mental Health Foundation’s website also has a good resource available https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/13-reasons-why/
 
We would like to remind all parents and caregivers that 13 Reasons Why is an R18 classification.
 
If you have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing, our school has a team of counsellors available.  You are able to contact them via the Wellbeing Support area on our school website.