The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, released at the end of March, and based on a best-selling novel about a teenager who kills herself after experiencing sexual assault and cyberbullying.
But many educators, parents and school counselors are accusing the TV show of glamorizing risky behaviors and claiming the drama could even lead to copycat deaths, reports Anya Kamenetz, with the National Association of School Psychologists releasing a statement, which warned against “vulnerable,” “impressionable” youth watching the series.
“While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories,” Netflix told Variety.
New research presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association deals directly with some of the issues raised by the TV show. Turns out teen suicide is really a big problem among teens, and it can be contagious. In addition, bullying can absolutely influence some teens to commit suicide. But it also turns out that schools can significantly help mitigate the risk of suicide among their students.