'13 Reasons Why', Netflix’s hit show came back for a second season on May 18, and jumped right back into addressing the complicated issues that teens face today, like bullying, suicide, gun violence, and sexual assault.
It’s a heavy show that doesn’t shy away from controversial and graphic content. But it’s all for a reason. Netflix believes that the series can be a powerful agent for change by asking questions and starting conversations about topics that many would rather sweep under the rug.
These 10 quotes from the second season of '13 Reasons Why' are the ones that really got us thinking:
“I don't blame Hannah for anything. That's how it is for girls. People judge you for the way you look and the things they hear about you. They put a label on you.” - Jessica
Amen Jessica. Amen.
“Sometimes it's obvious, and sometimes it not. Sometimes a kid gets roughed up... A lot of the times though it's just stuff that people say.” - Zach Dempsey
We might have said “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me” when we were kids, but we all know that it just isn’t true.
"Somehow I'm not concerned about a mother knowing her son's secrets, that tends not to be the case these days, with mothers."
This is one heck of an unfortunate truth. Nowadays, mothers, and fathers for that matter are less clued in to how their children are really doing. Honestly, many parents don’t even know what they don’t know.
“Why is it kids don't tell their parents anything, ever... Is it shame? Or fear? Are you afraid we’ll understand?”
The million dollar question. Let us know if you have the answer. For the meantime, it’s just the way things are.
“There's a limit to what we can do to protect them and there are some things that you can't protect them from. I couldn't be there every time someone judged her or shamed her. I didn't always have the answers. I didn't always know the right things to say.” - Olivia Bake
Parenting can sometimes feel like an impossible task.
“No matter how matter reasons there are, there are always more reasons why not” - Olivia Baker
Print this quote out and put it everywhere. It always gets better, no matter how tough it might feel in the moment.
“That's the thing about gossip... Once it starts it's hard to get away from it.”
Gossip is the ultimate game of broken telephone - words get twisted and distorted until they barely resembles the truth, and then they take on a life of their own that’s hard to escape from.
“How can you fix something if you don't know what's broken? Hannah didn't tell us.” - Olivia Baker
This is why Bosco was created. Our technology lets parents know when their children need their help and protection without compromising their privacy - Maybe it could’ve saved Hannah Baker’s life.
“You can't always count on kids to come to you and you can't always trust them to say the whole truth” - Kevin Porter
The fix: parents and educators need to be proactive, reach out, and create safe spaces for kids to talk about issues they’re facing.
"Clay, you don't know what was happening in this photo and you don't know what happened after. Girls don't just get themselves into bad situations. Guys make the situations bad. You don't know what that feels like, to be a girl in that room." - Sheri
Take the time to read this one at least twice, and then sit down with your teenage children for a long conversation about consent, sexual harassment and assault, and respect for others boundaries.