Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Making Netflix Shows a Conversation Topic

As our children approach the phase of tweens and teens I feel we need common topics to connect and talk about with each other. Sometimes when we talk about shows, characters, and situations it opens a place for deep discussion where we can share thoughts and values.
During these conversations, we can discuss our feelings on different topics and issues such as bullying. It makes it easier to approach the topics indirectly and have meaningful conversations without making it personal and upsetting each other. 

According to a Netflix survey, 70% of parents worldwide feel they too need more topics to talk about with their teenagers. The study found entertainment to be a common topic and 89% of Canadian parents and 74% of teens worldwide feel they can talk to their parents about the shows they watch. 

Even at a young age, we found we could bring up conversations with our children after watching shows together. We are looking forward to watching All Hail King Julien: Exiled season 1 coming to Netflix on May 12th.  

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28 comments:

  1. Really good points. I haven't seen 13 reasons why yet, but my 19 year old watched it and we've had some conversations already.

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  2. I can see parents not having enough to talk about with their teens. I think all of this applies to reading as well.

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  3. This article brings up some good points.

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  4. I'm going to mention this article to my daughter, my grandson is turning 8 years old in the fall. He's easy to talk to right now, but I know things will be changing in a few more years.

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  5. The more we talk to our kids the more we get to know them, and strong connections are built - I love to talk to my kids about anything so that I always feel close to them.

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  6. I watched the Thirteen Reasons Why series and found it very disturbing,but it was a great reminder to stay in close touch with our children and have open conversations.It's so important to keep the comunication lines open with them.

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  7. Watching shows together is definitely a good way to bring up subjects and talk to them about it. Haven't seen this show yet but will check it out. (Judy Cowan)

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  8. Interesting and useful statistics. I definitely can say that I connect easiest with my teen niece when talking about entertainment. A good note to keep in mind for when my daughter becomes a teen!

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  9. Open lines of communication are essential dealing with the Teenagers of this generation. I have a 13 year old son, yes we have some ADULT conversations to this point. Haven't seen this show - by knowledge and tools are empowerment.

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  10. I think it is very important to take an interest in any type of media that your teens are involved in , tv included ! we need to know whats influencing them and be there to talk about what they are seeing

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  11. I plan on watching 13 Reasons why because many of the students I teach have. I like to talk with them about things other than school stuff and I find that talking about things like tv shows and movies allows them to get to know us a "people" not just teachers.

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  12. interesting article - had some good points

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  13. Thank you for sharing. Such a relevant post.

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  14. Debbie White BeattieMay 5, 2017 at 11:48 PM

    What a great way to approach a really touchy subject and it's about time because kids need help

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  15. Thank you for this. I, too, believe in the importance of interaction and sharing ideas on media.

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  16. AB; very interesting. thanks

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  17. I havent watched this yet. Communication with our family is always important.

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  18. I have read the book and can't wait to see it on netflix.
    I think anything that can help you connect with your teen is great...I know in my experience they often prefer to talk to their peers.

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  19. I have heard so many good things about this show and can't wait to check it out on netflix!

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  20. I wish I had Netflix so I could watch this show - looks like it creates the opportunity to have important conversation with our loved ones.

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  21. There is so much to learn through television and it's always a great way to start talking about difficult subjects.

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  22. Watching shows together definitely brings up lots of conversation starters. We haven't watched this show yet but I have heard lots of buzz

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  23. We're on a netflix hiatus, enjoying netflix entirely too much lol......but we do love watching as a family!

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  24. The article has some very valid points - this is a really easy way to start conversations and open some doors

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  25. These are some good tips. So important to have open honest conversations!

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  26. I know my mom has watched 13 Reasons on Netflix...I'm going to have to get onto Netflix soon I think.

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  27. I think the article had some good points, but I don't have Netflix.

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