Important message – all parents/carers

Monday 18th October 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has come to our attention that some groups of children in school have been talking about ‘Squid Game’. This is a Netflix television series with a rating of 15 due to the high levels of violence and gore. Due to the popularity of the TV show, there are clips and discussions which have spread to other social media platforms such as TikTok (again this app is for young adults aged 13 or over).

We have had guidance today from the local authority safeguarding team that there is concern in many schools across the city, that children are potentially having access to watch this Netflix show or see content about it online.

It is possible that children that have accounts on these platforms may inadvertently be viewing gory, and explicit scenes from the programme, and parents and carers should be aware of how common these uploads are.

Due to the graphic and adult content please can we ask that you ensure that Primary School aged children are not watching this television show, either on Netflix or through other social media platforms. If there are older children in the home who may be watching, it would be sensible to remind them that they should not be sharing this with younger siblings.

Please see some key guidance  below from National Online Safety:

As a parent or carer, keep a watchful eye on the content that your children are viewing. Speak to them openly and chat about how they have been spending time on their devices; let them ask questions, too. Ensure that the parental controls are activated on your child’s device and that age-restricted child profiles are properly set up any on-demand services available through the family TV (such as Netflix, in this case) to prevent inappropriate content being streamed.

If you see your child replicating the challenges from the show or hear them talking about scenes and characters from Squid Game, it would be a timely opportunity to discuss with them that the programme is not intended for children, that much of the content would be inappropriate for their age, and that the violence in the series is very realistic and often upsetting.

Please see a link to the full guidance below:

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/wakeupwednesday/squid-game-trending-across-platforms-what-parents-need-to-know

If you have any questions or would like further support with safety settings please contact the main school office.

Thank you for your support.

S Crawford (Co-Headteacher) & K Kassabian (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

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