An English council has urged parents not to allow their children to watch the hit Netflix show “Squid Games” due to its graphic nature and the amount of violent content.
So, an email sent to parents and guardians, the Central Bedfordshire council’s education safeguarding team
advised them to ‘be vigilant after hearing reports that children and young people are copying games
and violence’ from the show.
However, reports have said children as young as six are copying the show’s traditional children’s games in
the school playground which, in the show, comes with deadly consequences for the losers.
The South Korean series centers around a fictional game show in which poverty-stricken characters compete
in a series of death games to win a £27million cash prize.
Furthermore, The survival drama, which features gruesome scenes of characters being shot in the head and organ harvesting, sees contestants take part in versions of traditional children’s games, with the winners progressing to the next stage.
Those failing the tasks are executed by a masked death squad standing by with machine guns.
The Central Bedfordshire council email, said: ‘There have been some concerning reports recently about children
and young people ‘playing’ Squid Game whilst at school.
On the Advice to Parents on Squid Game
‘We strongly advise that children should not watch Squid Game. The show is quite graphic with a lot of violent content.’
The council is the latest in a string of schools to issue advice to parents about the show.
Gareth Nichols, from Sir Francis Hill primary in Lincoln, said ‘a small group of pupils within school, aged around six’
were discussing the show and ‘re-enacting some scenes’.
According to the report, Mr. Nichols said the class teacher ‘immediately contacted parents to make them aware’,.
Sandown School in Deal, Kent, said Key Stage 2 teachers had given their pupils extra lessons on online safety
and the dangers of watching content that is ‘not age appropriate as a response to the show’s popularity.
A spokeswoman for the school said: ‘We are always updating our advice to the parents and children,
it’s something we are constantly updating.
‘As a response to this show and others, we have put on extra lessons about violence and online harms.’
Goodwin Academy, another school in Deal, confirmed its safeguarding team had sent a letter to parents
regarding age concerns over the content in the series.
A parent who lives in Deal wrote on social media: ‘We’ve received 2 school letters (primary/secondary)
warning parents about letting kids watch ‘Squid Game’.
‘I’m starting to think a more general letter about parental responsibility might be more useful. Keep an eye on your kids’ media consumption people.’
By Taiyelolu A