Aussie school issues parents with warning over Squid Game series

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A Sydney primary school has requested parents don't allow their children to watch Netflix's Squid Game over concerns they may be inspired by the show and attempt to recreate it on the playground.

Students will return to schools across New South Wales from Monday following months of remote learning and some teachers are worried that children may have watched the show despite being too young to watch the MA show.

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A Sydney primary school has issued parents with a warning over Netflix's Squid Game over concerns they make take some inspiration from the show. Photo: Netflix

The Netflix show is a nine-part fictional Korean thriller about hundreds of players who sign up to play children's games for a chance to escape their crippling debt. However, what they don't initially realise is that whoever loses the games will die and only one player will survive winning around $50 million.

Squid Game has become the most-watched series in Netflix's history with more than 111 million viewers. 

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According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the principal of Dulwich Hill Public School in Sydney's inner west, Linda Wickham, send a note home to families saying children had been watching the series, which depicts "extreme violence and gore, strong language and frightening moments".

The letter explained the show is "simply not suitable for primary and early high school-aged children” and also asked parents to ensure their Netflix settings so their children were unable to find content such as Squid Game.

Squid Game
Squid Game has become the most-watched series in Netflix's history with more than 111 million viewers. Photo: Netflix

They also asked parents to monitor their children's online activity as clips of the show have made their way online.

"An aggressive version of a familiar children’s game, red light, green light, is played in the series," she said.

"This, and other inappropriate content are negatively influencing playground games."

"Violent language and aggressive behaviours may be easily mimicked by children, particularly outside the confines of your home and in the wider space of a school playground.

"Withholding the capacity of your children to access inappropriate content... will certainly assist to keep them safe and their growing minds to stay healthy."

It comes after school kids in Belgium were caught playing the game Red Light Green Light with children being hit by other students if they were eliminated.

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