Parents who allow their children to watch ‘Squid Game’ may encourage bullies as they get older, according to a UK parenting expert.
London-based social psychologist Dr Sandra Wheatley said the violent series could hamper the “social and emotional development” of young children, encouraging them to turn a blind eye – or even participate – when others are attacked. reported the Daily Mail. .
The series broke Netflix records last month, surpassing 111 million viewers, the platform’s largest audience to date.
“Squid Game” sees its characters compete against each other in a deadly children’s play tournament for a life-changing cash prize awarded to the last player standing. At nearly every turn, the show depicts acts of physical and emotional violence piled up on its characters, ultimately resulting in their deaths until a winner is crowned.
However, our younger generation may not understand the background to the show, according to Wheatley.
“It can make them wonder, ‘Why isn’t anyone helping them? “Obviously there are messages out there that we really don’t want our kids to heed,” she explained.
“It may well undermine the foundation of what they are taught in school, which is that we care and help each other. “
His statement comes after a primary school in Belgium warned parents earlier this month about the ‘Squid Game’ after discovering students were replaying dangerous games on the playground, as seen in the emission. ” We [must remain] vigilant so that this unhealthy and dangerous game is stopped! A school ad on Facebook read after students were seen punching each other as penance for losing in the game “Red Light, Green Light”. In the series, the disqualified are shot at close range.
Wheatley said “Squid Game” sends kids the wrong message about how to deal with bullying in public. “We do not sit idly by if we see injustice. If we see someone else being bullied or hurt, we tell a teacher, and we don’t just join in or walk away.
“There are clearly messages out there that we really don’t want our kids to take on board,” she said.
Some parents in the UK-based Mumsnet community have admitted to letting their children watch “Squid Game,” according to the Daily Mail. A mom of an 8-year-old wrote, “I watch him with her in the room. I quickly go through scenes of really brutal sex or violence, but she knows it’s not real.
Others on the site have condemned the show – and parents for allowing it to be viewed under their roof. “Lousy parents let their kids watch violent shows,” one said, while another added, “It’s child neglect – so sad.”