School issues warning to parents over Netflix hit Squid Game after pupils were caught viewing ‘gory and explicit’ scenes on TikTok and mobile apps
The Netflix TV series sees debt-ridden contestants tackle survival tasks for a mammoth cash prize.
The South Korean show is based on traditional playground games but with a sinister twist which sees contestants shot if they fail to complete each challenge.
Schools and parents have previously expressed concerns that the show, which is certificate 15, is being watched by much younger children.
Ivanhoe College in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, is so worried headteacher Alison Allford urged parents to ‘keep a watchful eye’ on what their children were watching.
The college caters for children aged between 11 and 14.
Parents have been warned against allowing their children to watch the ultra-violent South Korean TV show Squid Game by a school head teacher
Alison Allford, head teacher of Ivanhoe College in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, said some pupils have been downloading apps which feature games from the hit show
The surprise hit has been streamed on Netflix and has become one of its most successful-ever shows
Students have also been advised against downloading an app called K-Game which recreates some of the most violent scenes from the TV show.
A school spokesperson told Nub News: ‘Squid Game’s popularity is beginning to spread across various online platforms.
‘There has been a slew of content created – ranging from memes to apps – that convey the violence of the show, so it is important for parents, carers and educators to understand the basis of Squid Game and the potential risks to young people who might be exposed to it.
‘There have been reports of children who have accounts on these platforms inadvertently viewing gory, explicit scenes from the programme, and parents and carers should be mindful of the prevalence of these uploads.
‘Squid Game Challenge (also known as K-Game Challenge) is an app for smartphones and tablets that has been released for Android and iOs, and the two systems differ significantly on their age ratings for the game.
‘The iTunes Store rates the app as 12+ (advising of ‘mild/infrequent horror/fear themes’), while the PEGI rating for Android is just 3+, which means that very young children might be able to download and play the game even with parental controls activated on their device or through Google Play.
Ivanhoe College warned parents about the dangers posed by online sites related to the hit Netflix TV show Squid Game
Ivanhoe College in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, is so worried headteacher Alison Allford urged parents to ‘keep a watchful eye’ on what their children were watching
‘The gameplay is frequently interrupted by pop-ups and ads (sometimes appearing while the user is rapidly tapping their screen while attempting to complete the challenge).
‘This could easily lead to unwanted purchases or accidental visits to inappropriate sites beyond the app.
‘As a parent or carer, keep a watchful eye on the content that your children are viewing.
‘Speak to them openly and chat about how they have been spending time on their devices; let them ask questions, too.
‘Ensure that the parental controls are activated on your child’s device and that age-restricted child profiles are properly set up any on-demand services available through the family TV (such as Netflix, in this case) to prevent inappropriate content being streamed.’
Ivanhoe College caters for 953 pupils aged 11-14 and was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors in 2018.