Squid Game is the latest Netflix series that seemingly everything with a pulse has somehow watched, but it has not been without controversy. Schools in the UK have now reportedly issued warnings to parents urging them not to let their children watch the series.
The worry for the schools is that copycat contests may well pop among pupils and while they will naturally be less severe, they could be dangerous, nevertheless.
In a report in the UK’s The Mirror, apparently, teachers have stated that children have asked them about hosting similar contests in lessons. This proved alarming enough Sandown School in Deal, Kent to send a letter out to parents.
A spokesperson for the school told the press that they have given pupils extra lessons on online safety and the dangers of watching content that is not age-appropriate.
Squid Game is rated 15 on Netflix, which many have claimed is a fair reflection as the violence depicted is grounded in an important societal message that hopefully older age groups could grasp. However, critics have pointed out that the gore might cause some to miss the point.
Recently, rumours have been abounding of a forthcoming second series. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, was asked if there would be a possible second season to which he replied that he would want to work with “multiple experienced directors”, “consider using a writer’s room” and “certainly not do it alone”.
Also starring Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon and others, the series ended on an ambiguous note and fans are eagerly anticipating a second season.
Check out the trailer for the series below (unless of course you’re from Deal, Kent):