Squid Game ban warning for parents over fears children will copy show

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A local council in the UK has urged parents not to let their children watch hit Netflix show Squid Game.

After reports emerged that children as young as six were copying the dystopian survival drama's violent challenges in the playground, an education safeguarding team from Central Bedfordshire sent an email to parents.

Korean show Squid Game has become Netflix's biggest series launch ever and topped the streaming service's TV charts in 94 countries.

The premise sees contestants who are heavily in debt play games for cash, but they are killed if they lose.

Many of the games in the programme require specialised weapons or equipment, but others are violent versions of playground favourites such as marbles and tug of war.

The Central Bedfordshire Council email reads: "There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people 'playing' Squid Game whilst at school.

"We strongly advise that children should not watch Squid Game. The show is quite graphic with a lot of violent content."

A number of schools have also issued advice to parents about the show.

Gareth Nichols, from Sir Francis Hill Primary School in Lincoln, said "a small group of pupils within school, aged around six" were discussing the show and "re-enacting some scenes".

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Sandown School in Deal, Kent, said teachers had given their pupils extra lessons on online safety and the dangers of watching content that is 'not age appropriate' as a response to the show's popularity.

A spokeswoman for the school said: "We are always updating our advice to the parents and children, it's something we are constantly updating.

"As a response to this show and others we have put on extra lessons about violence and online harms."

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While Squid Game has been officially declared Netflix's biggest ever launch, it is worth an estimated $900 million [£654 million] to the streaming service.

An internal Netflix document reviewed by Bloomberg showed that it has generated $891.1 million [£648.8 million] in impact value, a metric the company uses to assess the performance of individual shows.

It was also revealed that the show cost just $21.3 million [£15.51 million] to produce, with approximately $2.4 million [£1.75 million] per episode.

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