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Netflix’s Squid Game is set to become the streaming service’s most successful show of all time, with huge numbers of viewers taking to social media to discuss each new episode. The South Korean thriller features some scenes of fairly brutal violence and is rated 15 by the BBFC. It follows a group of adults who compete to win innocent-looking playground games, but who are killed if they do not succeed at the tasks.
An unexpected success in terms of viewing figures, 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.
Depictions of these games have started to become popular as people film themselves recreating them – without the murderous outcome.
The most popular are:
"Red Light, Green Light" in which players attempt to reach a spot in the allotted time in a stop-start fashion.
"Honeycomb Game" in which players must cut out one of four shapes in a thin disc of honeycomb using a needle without breaking the shape. This has become popular on TikTok.
Whilst it is unlikely that children and young people would have the means to entirely recreate the games featured in the show (many include specialised weapons, sets, and equipment), any recreation of these games during school hours will NOT be tolerated.
For more information on how we can protect our children from inappropriate content and more information on Squid Game, please visit https://oursaferschools.co.uk/2021/10/08/squid-game/