Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ inspires copycat violence in kids | DW News

Child protection authorities have begun warning parents to keep their kids away from “Squid Game.” The Korean drama is Netflix’s most popular show ever, drawing 130 million viewers in its first month alone, but it’s very violent.

The show features cash-strapped characters competing against each other in various challenges for a chance to pay off their debts. If they lose, they’re brutally executed. The show is fiction, but the games in it are based on real children’s games, and some observers say the violence is spilling over into real life.


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  1. They keep overemphasizing how graphicly violent the show is, but different films 20 years ago were basically the same or worse, e.g. Battle Royale (2000) featured children as serial killers in the plot. Even OVAs were gruesome in the late 1990s. If you venture into the body horror art films, it's significantly more disturbing. All of that media was remarkably easy to find and view as a child – watched almost everything I described before 13 years of age in the early 2000s.

  2. Why would you let your kids watch this! It is a great show though!

  3. There are games on Roblox too. It should not be there.

  4. "It's already rated 18+ nobody can do anything" that's what the liberal say about every controversial show they make, why not now they justify this show.

  5. I played doom at 3 I'm not going around shooting people

  6. I think the parent have liability ton thier child they should restrict to watch and when they watch it together they can teach the child that it is not true

  7. Good movie, next series should be about countries 😉 Debt to GDP became ridiculous and some countries will never going to pay back 😉

  8. “You can't really stop children from accessing the show”, maybe tell them not to beat other children then?

  9. She's totally watched it. Lol. Seems to even be a fan herself. Nothing wrong with the show, it's just not for little ones. Honestly I would blame parents first. Yes, those mommies and daddies who throw a smartphone in front of their kids' faces as a pacifier.

    Those parents who'd rather sit their kids in front of the TV on a fine Saturday instead of taking them out to the park or taking a day trip with them. Children and their behaviors are simply (85%+) a result of how they're raised.

    Next time they want to blame it on video games or TV, they should just shame parents for giving toddlers and elementary kids tablets and smartphones whenever they want.

    Parents ought to give them a book instead, or a cardboard box and crayons. Kids will surprise you with just how much they love to imagine. They don't need expensive toys, just some tools and a bit of inspiration.

  10. It’s ridiculous when people have to tell people not to allow kids to watch this.

  11. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 some pple can't have nice things.

  12. Sadly same thing happened with the purge movies in thst it inspired some people to purge and us that as an excuse to break laws

  13. It is violating for children. So, under 18 it should not be available

  14. The show suddenly become over popular around the world and now causing the stir actually i don't think watching its looking like child drama and not looking appeal somethings

  15. Due to these news channel, everyone is watching it now 😅

  16. Yo this show is everywhere shorts reels tv news 🧐

  17. This Horror Show Shows Who We Are
    A student of mine told me about a new show called “Squid Game.” It is a South Korean “thriller series,” as they call it, which has become a pop culture phenomenon and is the no. 1 show in more than 90 countries. The show presents several hundred people who are all in great financial debt and in dire emotional states. The producers pit them against each other, even if they are very close, and make them hate each other. The winner takes millions of dollars, and the others are killed. This show wouldn’t be so horrifying if it didn’t portray our true nature. The very fact that we watch such a show enthusiastically is proof that underneath the “civilized” façade, our nature is as the show depicts.
    It works like a magnet. We love to watch the struggle between good and evil, as long as we are safe from the consequences of the battle. The thing is that in this show, there is no good; there is only evil.
    Indeed, humans are the worst being in reality. What makes us so uniquely evil is the fact that we explicitly want to harm others. We do not want to eat others because we will starve unless we do so; we want to see them suffer! We derive pleasure from others’ pain, and derive the most pleasure when we are the ones inflicting it.
    We often say that reality is like a jungle, where the strong eat the weak. However, in the jungle, the strong do not want to destroy the weak; they want to eat. Once they are full, they want to sleep and play, and not kill or hurt for fun. In the human jungle, we do not want to eat other people; we want to see them hurting! This is why the natural jungle thrives without any laws while the human jungle, which we mistakenly refer to as “civilization,” is disintegrating despite the laws that strive to limit our barbarity.
    If we had any hopes of finding goodness in human nature, “Squid Game,” and mainly its popularity, proves that we have nothing to hope for when it comes to human nature. If we can create such shows, and if they can be so popular, then we can do such horrors in real life.
    The only possible good that can come out of such a show is the realization that it is not fantasy, but an authentic depiction of who we are. Maybe if we realize this, we will be willing to do something about changing ourselves.
    The current trend is to dull our awareness of the human horror show we live in by making cannabis available and legal. Indeed, the more we learn about human nature, the more we realize that perhaps it is better to numb ourselves through life until it’s over.
    For now, we’re cheering at the sight of other people suffering, much like people used to cheer at the sight of poor men fighting against lions in ancient Rome. Only if we realize that it is not okay to be like that, our minds might open to other options. If such a diabolical program can be the no. 1 show in more than 90 countries, it means that the entire world is immersed in unhinged viciousness.
    There is a solution, but it is demanding and must encompass the entire world if it is to succeed. To change who we are, we must initiate a worldwide educational process where such programs are forbidden and pro-human-connection programs are produced and aired. Even if they are not popular, at first, we cannot allow ourselves to be exposed to the violent poison and culture of narcissism that we consume today. They may be sweet, but they are lethal.
    If people don’t want to watch shows about human connection, they can put aside their media devices and simply talk to one another. This will already be a major improvement to the current situation.
    It may not sound like fun, but what is the option? To live out the “Squid Game.” Besides, after some practice, we will discover that connection and care are far more rewarding and pleasant than destruction and cruelty, and do not carry the negative side effect that is our current culture.

  18. This reminds me of the game Man hunt, anyone remember this? Squid game is seriously messed up to be watching for kids.

  19. It's the parents, it's always the parents. Pokemon Cards, GTA, Squid Game, etc….watch your Kids, and what they watch Parents. The problem is the parents.

  20. 2:18…..Netflix is not even on Nintendo Switch…..get your background images straight, unless the problem here includes YouTube clips on the show…still….it's the parents.

  21. Squid Game isn't supposed to be watched by kids…

  22. Lets just be honest here, this is an opinion, and I think it depends on the kid's mentality. And Hunger Games, Purge franchise, and Halloween is violent as well. I'm not going to wait 3 freaking years just because some people on the internet tells me not to watch it.

  23. ladies and gentlemen

    they are american

    don't be surprise

  24. I genuinely feel adults shouldn't watch this when the kids are around especially because of the bad language and gory nature. It can cause many psychological problems growing up for them to be exposed to violence like this. As a teenager, growing up adult it's your choice taken with your consent and you know the difference between right and wrong. Kids are to young to make that difference. It also has many triggering scenes, which may be normal to some but a perfect trigger to people who have gone through trauma. Let's respect everyone's choice. It doesn't make you a coward to not watch squid games

  25. サンドラ・ブロック主演の”Bird Box”の時も同じ様な問題に発展したけど
    Tik tokやTwitterと行ったプラットフォームに投稿された内容に影響されてもプラットフォーム自体を攻めるべきではない問題と同じ

  26. The first time I heard of Squid game I thought it was a game show, its much more graphic than i thought! Technically it is a game show, because they play various games in order to win a cash prize, but this is WAY more graphic than I may of thought on first glance. This show is more graphic than South park!

  27. But what about covid 19 we can't touch each other

  28. We shouldn't have violent shows for adults either

  29. Parents would rather admit to being ax murderers before admitting to being ad parents.

  30. like what violence is there? It’s just arguments not actually fighting…. Except for lights out and squid game.

  31. there are so many series or movies like this. every kid watching violant movies. Included me i am a kid. But already most of 95 percent of kids watches this. and why are guys repoting, and i already said there are so many thriller shows like this. so why guys urnt reporting other violent movies ?

  32. Kids, if you want to play this in real life, tell the people who are “out” to fall to the ground by gently sitting down, putting your hand on the ground, and then laying on their back and sticking one arm out, closing their eyes, and staying in that position until the game ends.

  33. What the heck is so funny ? Fire the NewsCasters ! Don’t let the evil Netflix in your home to start

  34. I have lost all faith in humanity

  35. this is like a story that puts itself on repeat every year. I wonder if it in contract that every year they have at least 10 news stories concerning violence in entertainment media.

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