13 Reasons Why on Netflix is rated TV-MA for language and disturbing graphic images of heavy content. When I watched the first season, because my kids were asking about it, I was shocked at the drug use, rape, and suicide. Some of my daughters’ middle school friends were watching this, and I couldn’t believe it. Is 13 Reasons Why Season 4 kid friendly? This 13 Reasons Why Parents Guide will discuss what parents need to know before letting your children watch this popular Netflix Series.
13 Reasons Why Parents Guide Season 4
13 Reasons Why is a valid TV-MA rating. I would not recommend it for any kids under age 18. While there certainly are topics worth discussing in this show with teens, seeing these images on screen can be very disturbing. 13 Reasons Why Season 4 is not a show I’d let kids binge on their own.
There is plenty of language of all kinds including many uses of the f-word, sh–, a–, damn, etc. They also use a lot of sexual language.
13 Reasons Why Season 4 shows and discusses many mature topics including murder, police brutality, alcohol and drug use, sex, vandalism, AIDS, mental illness, and death. One of the most disturbing scenes to watch is a school shooting drill that is set up so everyone thinks it’s real. The fear is paralyzing for some students, and they have breakdowns. There is also some fighting and guns are shown.
Overall, it’s a very dark show.
What Ages Should Watch 13 Reasons Why?
Is 13 Reasons Why Season 4 ok for kids? In one word, no. But I can understand why teens would want to watch it. It’s a dark show about high schoolers, and some kids are going through similar awful things. However, watching these things on screen can cause a different type of trauma. Proceed with caution.
I disagree that 13 Reasons Why is teen programming. While other shows like Riverdale can also be very dark, 13 Reasons Why adds even a heavier level of content. Many teens aren’t quite prepared to handle these scenes emotionally, especially if they’re not watching with a parent.
Season 4 of 13 Reasons Why is like turning on the news and tackling every topic, but in a high school setting. You know that feeling you get when you’ve watched a day of news, especially now. That unsettling, weighing feeling is similar when watching 13 Reasons Why.
There is a shocking death in this season, so teens may be sensitive to that as well. Overall, there’s not much to watch Season 4 of 13 Reasons Why except to find out what happens as the teens at Liberty High graduate. But personally, I’d just read the spoilers.