School issues warnings to parents about Netflix hitting Squid after pupils were caught watching ‘bloody and candid’ scenes on TikTok and mobile apps
- Ivanhoe College urges parents to ban pupils from watching Squid Game
- School Principal Alison Alford discovered that children were playing games from the show
- The hyper-violent show has been a huge hit on the streaming giant Netflix
A school has urged parents not to allow children to watch the Squid Game after young pupils were found watching “bloody and obvious” scenes on TikTok and mobile game apps.
The Netflix TV series sees contestants burdened with debt take on survival missions for a massive cash prize.
The South Korean show is based on traditional playground games but with a sinister twist where contestants are shot if they fail to complete each challenge.
Schools and parents have previously expressed concerns that younger children are watching the show, which is Testimony 15.
Ivanhoe College in Ashby-de-la-Zoche, Leicestershire, is so concerned that Principal Alison Alford has urged parents to “watch” what their children have been watching.
The college caters to children between the ages of 11 and 14.
Parents have been warned not to allow their children to watch the highly violent South Korean TV show Squid Game by a school principal
Alison Alford, chief educator at Ivanhoe College in Ashby-de-la-Zoche, Leicestershire, said some pupils were downloading apps containing games from the hit show.
The sudden success aired on Netflix and became one of its most successful shows ever
Students were also advised not to download an app called K-Game which recreates some of the most violent scenes from the TV show.
A school spokesperson told Nub News: “The popularity of Squid is beginning to spread across many online platforms.
There has been a large amount of content created — from memes to apps — conveying the show’s violence, so it’s important for parents, caregivers, and educators to understand the foundation of Squid’s game and the potential risks to young people it may be exposed to.
There have been reports of children with accounts on these platforms inadvertently viewing gory and explicit scenes from the programme, and parents and caregivers should be aware of the prevalence of such uploads.
‘Squid Game Challenge’ (also known as K-Game Challenge) is a smartphone and tablet application released for Android and iOs, the two platforms differing widely in their age ratings of the game.
The iTunes Store rates the app as 12+ (provides tips on “moderate/infrequent horror/fear themes”), while the PEGI rating for Android is only 3+, meaning that very young children may be able to download and even play the game With parental control enabled on their device or through Google Play.
Ivanhoe College has warned parents of the dangers posed by websites linked to Netflix’s hit TV show Squid Game
Ivanhoe College in Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, is so concerned that Principal Alison Alford has urged parents to ‘watch’ what their children have been watching
Gameplay is frequently interrupted by pop-ups and advertisements (sometimes appearing as the user quickly taps the screen while trying to complete a challenge).
This can easily lead to unwanted purchases or unintended visits to inappropriate websites outside the app.
As a parent or caregiver, monitor what content your children watch.
Talk to them openly and talk to them about how you spend time on their device; Let them ask questions, too.
Ensure that parental controls are activated on your child’s device and that the age-restricted children’s profiles are set up correctly for any on-demand services available through Family TV (such as Netflix, in this case) to prevent inappropriate content from being broadcast.
Ivanhoe College has a capacity of 953 students between the ages of 11 and 14 and was rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors in 2018.