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A council in the south of England has urged parents to not let their kids watch Squid Game after reports surfaced suggesting that children as young as seven are playing the games from the Netflix hit series.
According to The Guardian, an education safeguard team from Central Bedfordshire council wrote an email to parents and warned them of allowing their children to watch it.
To give this some context, in the series, contestants take part in various violent children's games in order to win a cash prize.
They are brutally shot and killed if they lose.
The email read: "There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people 'playing' Squid Game whilst at school.
"Squid Game is also being viewed via other platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, and given the popularity of the games in the show, developers have made various mini-games based on Squid Game on Roblox and other gaming platforms.
"We strongly advise that children should not watch Squid Game. The show is quite graphic with a lot of violent content."
This isn't the first time a school has issued a warning, as one dad said his children's school in Ilford, east London, wrote a concerning letter.
He tweeted: "Can't believe my kids' school has had to send a letter telling parents that kids are playing their own version of Squid Game and that parents will have sanctions applied if their kids mimic Squid Game. The popularity of this show is next level."
John Bramston Primary School also told parents that issues were arising between students, which were caused by children re-enacting the games.
The letter read: "Dear Parents/Carers, It has come to our attention that a number of our children are watching 'Squid Game' on 'Netflix'.
"We have noticed an increased number of children starting to play their own versions of this game in the playground - which in turn is causing conflict within friendship groups.
"Children who are watching this are being exposed to graphic realistic scenes of violence and sadly children are acting out these behaviours in the playground which will not be TOLERATED.
"I would like to make you aware that this programme is rated a 15 for a reason.
"IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. Any child who mimics or demonstrates these behaviours, parents will be called upon and sanctions applied.
"Please be aware of the dangers of this TV programme for your children and reinforce positive behaviours.
"Also please explicitly share that pretending to shoot one another is not appropriate - nor acceptable. Please support us in keeping your children safe."
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