The Squid Game series is a worldwide success : 111 million households have viewed it on the Netflix video platform since its launch on September 17. Among them, there are students from the Darcy primary school, in Dijon, in Côte-d’Or. Ten-year-old Thais classmates told him about it. Moreover, she saw extracts from it on the internet: “I like the game 1, 2, 3 sun. Everyone’s talking about it right now“She said shyly. The problem is that, in the series, those who move after the word sun, are killed.
Parents of students seek solutions to the success of the series
In front of the gates of the Darcy school, in the city center of Dijon, Thaïs tells his father Mohammed, the script of the series, he says he is worried. “It’s violent, and it imprints violence in the minds of children, and then after: what will become of it?“, launches the fifty-year-old. He forbids his daughter to watch the South Korean series. The same decision has been made in recent weeks by Jennifer. Her nine-and-a-half-year-old daughter, too, heard about the show from classmates who saw her. The mother and daughter had a discussion on the subject: “I told him that it was out of the question that if his friends wanted to play 1, 2, 3 sun, it was no. You don’t have to be like the friends, and she sees it very well“, says Jennifer.
I blocked everything and you need parental consent to go on the internet, ”says Jennifer, of her daughter’s use of the internet.
Being prohibited for those under the age of 16, the series should not normally be seen by a child under the age of 10. But Jennifer still took her precautions: “My daughter does not go on the internet without my permission or without my supervision. Anyway, I blocked everything: you need parental consent and you need a code to access certain sites. So it’s very secure“, reassures the young girl of 27 years. She is afraid that her daughter will start to reproduce the games of Squid Game in the playground.
Teachers in Côte-d’Or wonder how to talk about the Squid Games phenomenon in class
One of the problems with Squid Games and its violent games is that they are reproduced in some schoolyards in the department. “Some schoolchildren have reproduced the 1, 2, 3 sun from the series, says Christine Bernery, CM2 teacher at Mansart elementary school in Dijon, and co-president of SNUIPP 21. Well it was still good child, the students just went to bed after losing“, she nuances. It can go much further: in Belgium, students were whipped in the face after losing at the game, reports RTBF, the Belgian public radio.
In France, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer expressed his concern over the success of the series : “All this requires vigilance from all, especially parents.“, he declared to our colleagues at BFM TV on October 14, 2021. The teachers of the schools of Côte-d’Or are also vigilant, even if according to Christine Bernery, the phenomenon is for the moment on the margins. The teacher of a CM2 class in Dijon talks about it all the same with her colleagues: “of course we have had discussions on the subject.” She and other teachers are thinking about how the subject can be approached. in class. “It can go through the philosophical debate, through sessions on the image, the use of the internet and social networks., she enumerates. At school, we will not be able to treat everything, we will stay on our teaching field.”