“Squid Game” has become Netflix’s biggest series launch ever and it seems the violent show is making its way to playgrounds. In the Korean series, people in financial trouble participate in a series of children’s games, like “Red Light, Green Light,” to win huge cash prizes, but the penalty for losing is death. And schools around the world are warning parents that students are playing their own versions of the game during recess and they’re punishing losers by hurting them.
Schools in Belgium, Northern Ireland, Australia and the U.S. are urging parents to monitor what their kids are watching after seeing how students reenact “Squid Game.” Bay District Schools in Florida just posted a"Safety Update"on Facebook that explains, “We are seeing kids trying to actually hurt each other in the name of this ‘game.’” They ask parents to “please make sure you’re aware of the content your children are accessing online” and to “talk to them about NOT playing violent ‘games’ at school.”
Ilea Faircloth, principal of Hiland Park Elementary School in Panama City, Florida, which is part of the Bay District, says students were kicking and hitting each other as part of the “elimination” part of their “Squid Game.” But it turns out, these kids aren’t necessarily watching the show on Netflix. Faircloth says children are also learning about the show through online videos using video game characters reenacting the show. She reports that no students have been seriously hurt and since school officials have talked to parents, there haven’t been any more issues on the playground.