Schools around the world voice concern over students mimicking violent acts from 'Squid Game'

연합뉴스 / 2021-10-15 12:03:31
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▲ This photo, provided by Netflix, shows smash-hit Korean series "Squid Game." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- Amid the growing global popularity of Netflix's smash-hit Korean series "Squid Game," schools around the world are now warning that children could be widely exposed to violence.

Due to violent and suggestive scenes portrayed in "Squid Game," the drama is currently restricted to viewers over the age of 18. However, the nature of video streaming on TV, computers, and smartphones, are allowing minors to easily access inappropriate content without much difficulty.

Bay District Schools, a school district located in Florida, notified parents in a statement, saying, "We don't want anyone to get hurt and we don't want to generate discipline referrals for students who don't really understand what they are re-enacting," adding, "While parents may think their younger students are not being exposed to this show, it's become clear to us this week that several gaming applications and video sharing platforms are making some of the content accessible to children without the knowledge of their parents."

"As a result, some children are trying to replicate show scenes at school but what sounds harmless (who didn't play Red Light/Green Light as a kid?) is not actually harmless because the game in the television show includes 'elimination' (death) and we are seeing kids trying to actually hurt each other in the name of this 'game.'"

"Please make sure you're aware of the content your children are accessing online and that you talk to them about NOT playing violent "games" at school. We don't want anyone to get hurt and we don't want to generate discipline referrals for students who don't really understand what they are re-enacting," the school district continued.

According to several media outlets, a similar message has also been sent to parents by Linda Wickham, principal of Dulwich Hill Public School, located in Sydney, Australia.

"Squid Game features scenes that depict extreme violence and gore, strong language and frightening moments that are, according to its rating, simply not suitable for primary and early high school aged children," Wickham stated in the letter.

Referring to violent games in the drama, he also asked to change Netflix settings and observe children's online activities, saying, " An aggressive version of a familiar children's game, red light, green light, is played in the series. This, and other inappropriate content are negatively influencing playground games."

Additionally, in a post on Facebook, the municipal school of Erquelinnes Beguinage Hainaut in Belgium warned parents that students have transformed the 'Red Light, Green Light' game portrayed in "Squid Game" to a similar game called "1, 2, 3 and "Soleil," and supposedly hit the "losers."

John Bramston Elementary School in northeastern London, England, also voiced concern about students pretending to shoot each other on the playground and warned parents that students who imitate violent actions from "Squid Game" will be disciplined.



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