In schoolyards, many children are inspired by the Korean series Squid Game and participate in violent games.
This is the latest phenomenon of the Netflix streaming platform. Straight from South Korea, the Squid Game series was created by Dong-hyuk Hwang. During 9 thrilling episodes, we follow 456 indebted players who, to get their money’s worth, agree to participate in children’s games revisited in an ultra-creepy version, such as a “1,2,3 sun” with as punishment in case of defeat … death! Everyone is risking their lives in this gruesome game for a chance to win 45.6 billion won, or 32 million euros. If you refuse to participate, it’s simple: they will die.
You will understand, the tension is total in this new Netflix series, already binge-watched by millions of people since it was put online on September 17, 2021. It is a real hit, to the point that the Korean series is set to become Netflix’s biggest hit of all time in the near future.
However, a big problem was noted by many schools. Although the Squid Game series is not recommended for those under the age of 16, it has been viewed by teenagers who are far too young. Particularly violent, the program influences certain schoolchildren in schoolyards.
In Belgium for example, in a school the children played “1,2,3 soleil” with the punishment for losers to be whipped with a cord.
The school administration is sounding the alarm, in a Facebook message to parents: “We are very vigilant so that this unhealthy and dangerous game is stopped! We are counting on your support and collaboration to make your children aware of the consequences that this can engender (…) Sanctions will be taken vis-à-vis the children who will continue this game”.
Parents, be careful! Remember, it is important to discuss with your children the shows they watch and the games they play.