Many schools in the UK are urging parents of their students not to let their children watch 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 viewers over 15 years of age.
With unprecedented global success, the South Korean dystopian play, created by Hwang Dong-hyuk, imagines a vicious world where people marginalized in traditional children’s games compete with each other. The winner can win millions of dollars, and the losing players are killed.
“Hundreds of bankrupt players accept a strange invitation to participate in children’s games. The gift waiting for them is attractive, but the consequences are dangerous,” Netflix said succinctly.
Speaking to the BBC, Gareth Nichols of Sir Francis Hill Elementary School in Lincoln said there was a small group of students around the age of six “within the school” who “discussed the series” and played some scenes about the series.
He told BBC Nichols that he had “instructed the students to check the access of the devices in their homes as they were watching the series without their knowledge”.
Weldon Elementary School in Pro has a record of students between the ages of three and six who have already seen the series, and the BBC says the institution’s management has issued instructions to parents to prevent this from happening.
These circumstances are not unique to the UK. Newspaper Sydney Morning Herald This week the parents of Sydney elementary school students were asked to stop watching the series to prevent them from following the games.
In Belgium, a Mail According to Euronews, the Belgian elementary school warned on Facebook that its students would follow the games more than 30,000 times in the series.
The South Korean series “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s biggest release, attracting 111 million fans worldwide just four weeks ago (September 17), it says Tuesday.
It is especially popular on social media, and Netflix is number one in more than 80 countries, including Portugal.
“Squid Game ‘has officially reached 111 million fans, which is our biggest release,” the social network announced on Twitter.
By comparison, the “Bridgeton” series reached 82 million homes in the first 28 days of airing, according to internal Netflix measurements, including any count that watched at least two minutes per episode.
The success of “Squid Game” increases the growing influence in South Korea’s world-famous culture, following bands such as K-Pop BDS and the Oscar-winning “Parasites”.
Netflix offers “Squid Game” in dubbed and subtitled versions in many languages.
In February, the world’s most popular streaming site announced that it would invest $ 500 million this year in series and movies made in South Korea alone.
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