A Sydney elementary school has asked parents to prevent their children from watching the popular Netflix series, Squid game, over the worries that they inspire from the screen, at the playground.
Thousands of students will return to schools in New South Wales from Monday after months of distance learning, with some now concerned about the consequences of unsupervised access to the screen.
Squid game, a nine-episode fictional Korean thriller about hundreds of distressed characters competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, was named Netflix’s biggest series launch this week – reaching over 111 million viewers.
In the series, only one person comes out with a prize of AU $ 51 million and those who lose pay with their lives.
It is rated MA for mature adults.
In a letter to parents, obtained by the Sydney Morning HeraldDulwich Hill Public School Principal Linda Wickham said the children watched the series, which portrayed “extreme and bloody violence, strong language and frightening moments.”
Wickham said the show was “just not suitable for children in elementary and early secondary” and asked parents to change their Netflix settings and monitor their child’s activity online.
âAn aggressive version of a familiar kid’s game, red light, green light, is played in the series,â she said.
“This, and other inappropriate content negatively influences playground games.”
âViolent language and aggressive behavior can be easily imitated by children, especially outside the confines of your home and in the larger space of a playground.
“Retaining your children’s ability to access inappropriate content … will definitely help protect them and keep their minds growing to stay healthy.”
7NEWS.com.au has contacted Dulwich Hill Public School and the NSW Department of Education for comment.
‘Will not be tolerated’
This post has been among a handful of schools around the world since the series aired.
Earlier this month, a school in east London sent a letter to parents fearing that students would pretend to shoot each other in the playground to reenact the show.
“Children watching this are exposed to realistic and graphic scenes of violence and unfortunately the children engage in those playground behaviors that will not be tolerated,” wrote John Bramston Elementary School in Ilford.
âPlease be aware of the dangers of this TV program for your children and reinforce positive behavior. “
Another Kent school has introduced additional classes on violence and harm online due to the show’s popularity.
A Belgian school was also forced to threaten students with penalties if schoolyard games inspired by the series continued, with students hitting the loser.
âWe are very vigilant to stop this unhealthy and dangerous game! We are counting on your support and collaboration to make your children aware of the consequences that this may entail â, declared the municipal school of Erquelinnes BÃ©guinage Hainaut.