Squid Game may just be the biggest, most popular show Netflix has ever released. British educators, however, are concerned for their students.
Released in September, South Korean Squid Game follows storyline of a large group of people competing to the death for a cash prize. It has been receiving many criticisms from schoolteachers, according to the Independent, who have concerns that children are replicating some of the challenges appearing in the show.
The show contains highly graphic content where many characters are wither killed or severely injured.
What are British educators so concerned about?
John Bramston Primary School in Ilford has issued a letter to parents saying that children who have watched the programme are pretending to shoot one another in the playground as a way of re-enacting the show.
The letter states that the show “IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. Any child who mimics or demonstrates these behaviours, parents will be called upon and sanctions applied.”
Meanwhile, another school in Kent, Sandown, has started offering extra lessons on violence and online harm in response to the programme’s popularity.
The Independent quotes a spokeswoman for the school: “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.”
Squid Game was originally written in 2008 but it has taken more than 10 years for the show to be taken on.