Dear Parents and Carers,
Squid Game is a South Korean TV series on Netflix. Released in mid-September it became an overnight success and is now the most popular series on Netflix. The series centres around hundreds of players, all of whom are in debt, who play a series of six games, all of which have deadly consequences: you fail, you die.
Given the popularity of the TV series, it’s no surprise to see the challenges being acted out everywhere: in school, TikTok memes and challenges, Roblox games etc., so even if children aren’t watching the series on Netflix, they will have heard about it from others or online.
This makes any advice particularly difficult. Most of the concerns relate to the violence within the TV series, and it is very violent. For example, you may see children re-enacting the ‘red light, green light’ game. If a person moves when ‘red light’ is called, they get shot. This isn’t too dissimilar to many games we may have played as a child and it’s mostly harmless fun, but equally there will be some who wouldn’t want children playing these types of games and that’s completely understandable.