A council within the south of England has suggested mother and father to not let their youngsters watch the Netflix present Squid Game, after reviews youngsters as younger as six are copying its violent challenges.
The schooling safeguarding crew from Central Bedfordshire council despatched an electronic mail to oldsters and guardians within the district urging them to “be vigilant after listening to reviews that youngsters and younger persons are copying video games and violence from hit new Netflix collection Squid Game, which is rated 15”.
Within the programme, indebted contestants play video games for money, however are shot lifeless in the event that they fail.
Although most of the video games featured on the programme require specialised weapons and tools, a few of that are violent variations of playground video games corresponding to marbles and tug of conflict that are straightforward for youngsters to recreate.
Many youngsters should not watching the present however understand it by way of viral challenges on TikTok, the place social media customers submit their very own variations of the video games.
Some reports say youngsters have been utilizing bodily violence within the playground to “punish” losers as an alternative to the participant shedding their life. Notably well-liked is pink mild, inexperienced mild – historically often known as statues or grandmother’s footsteps within the UK – by which gamers attempt to attain a end line whereas the gamesmaster’s again is turned. They have to freeze on the spot at any time when the grandmother/creepy Squid Recreation doll turns round.
This month a school in Belgium stated youngsters have been beating up those that moved in lieu of capturing them, as in Squid Recreation.
There have also been warnings in regards to the honeycomb recreation, which requires gamers to chop out certainly one of 4 shapes in a skinny disc of honeycomb utilizing a needle with out breaking the form. This has develop into well-liked on TikTok, prompting fears that youngsters might burn themselves on caramelised sugar in the event that they try to make the honeycomb themselves.
The Central Bedfordshire council electronic mail stated: “There have been some regarding reviews just lately about youngsters and younger individuals ‘enjoying’ Squid Recreation while in school. Squid Recreation can be being seen by way of different platforms corresponding to YouTube and TikTok, and given the recognition of the video games within the present, builders have made varied mini-games based mostly on Squid Recreation on Roblox and different gaming platforms.
“We strongly advise that youngsters mustn’t watch Squid Recreation. The present is sort of graphic with plenty of violent content material.”
Colleges have despatched related warnings to oldsters. Gareth Nichols, from Sir Francis Hill major in Lincoln, stated “a small group of pupils inside faculty, aged round six” have been discussing the present and “re-enacting some scenes”.
Nichols stated the category instructor “instantly contacted mother and father to make them conscious”, the BBC reported.
He added: “[The teacher] additionally suggested mother and father to examine settings on their gadgets as pupils could also be accessing and viewing this present with out their mother and father’ data.”