Several schools across England are asking parents of their students to stop their children from watching the South Korean series “Squid Game”, which is currently the most-watched series on Netflix in more than 90 countries, including Portugal And is recommended for audiences over 15 years old. old.
With unprecedented global success, the South Korean dystopian drama, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, imagines a terrifying world in which marginalized people are pitted against each other in traditional children’s play. While the winner can win millions in cash, the loser gets killed.
“Hundreds of bankrupt players accept a strange invitation to compete in a children’s game. The prizes that await them are tempting, but the consequences are deadly,” summarizes Netflix.
Speaking to the BBC, Gareth Nichols of Sir Francis Hill Primary School in Lincoln said that “a small group of students, aged about six years, were inside the school” discussing the series and “some scenes from the series”. acting”. This responsible also said that the teacher of these students immediately contacted the parents of the children.
He told BBC Nichols, “He advised them to check the accessibility of the devices in their homes because students could be watching the series without their knowledge.”
In addition, at Welton Elementary School in Braau, there is a record of pupils between the ages of three and six who have already seen the series, causing the establishment’s management to instruct parents to prevent this from happening. asked for, says the BBC.
These conditions are not limited to England. news paper Sydney Morning Herald The case of a Sydney primary school came to light this week, which asked the parents of its students to stop watching the series to prevent them from imitating the games.
In Belgium, a Post According to Euronews, a Belgian primary school was warned on Facebook that its students were copying games in the series, which was shared more than 30,000 times.
The South Korean series “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s biggest release to date, drawing 111 million fans from around the world since its debut less than four weeks ago (September 17), as of Tuesday. has been told. To be fair, streaming platforms.
It has gained popularity, especially on social media, and topped Netflix in over 80 countries, including Portugal.
“‘Squid Game’ officially reaches 111 million fans, making it our biggest release to date,” announced the streaming platform on social network Twitter.
By comparison, the series “Bridgeton” reached 82 million homes in the first 28 days after its premiere, according to internal Netflix metrics, which includes any account that watched an episode for at least two minutes.
The success of “Squid Game” follows in the footsteps of bands such as K-pop BTS and the Oscar-winning film “Parasites”, adding to South Korea’s growing influence on global popular culture.
Netflix offers “Squid Game” in dubbed and subtitled versions in several languages.
In February, the world’s most popular streaming platform announced plans to invest $500 million this year alone in series and movies produced in South Korea.