“Squid Game” is likely to be an enormous success for Netflix given the actual fact it shot as much as the No. 1 spot within the U.S. on the streaming platform simply 4 days after its launch. Nevertheless, the sequence has additionally drawn criticism for its violence, and one group is cautioning mother and father to be on excessive alert in case their youngsters discover themselves perusing their feeds and urgent play.
The Mother and father Tv and Media Council (PTC) advised Fox Information its hoping to “alert mother and father” to the bevy of “Squid Recreation”-inspired content material being uploaded throughout varied media “in order that they will take applicable measures, whether or not by making use of parental controls or extra intently supervising their youngsters on social media and gaming platforms, the place content material about or impressed by the sequence is being shared.”
In an op-ed revealed on the organization’s website Wednesday, the PTC’s program director, Melissa Henson, wrote that regardless of the mature score connected to the “extremely violent” present, a good larger concern “is the way in which ‘Squid Recreation’ is being promoted to viewers too younger to look at the TV-MA-rated sequence on social media platforms.”
“Netflix needs to be appearing as a gatekeeper to make sure content material that’s dangerous to minors just isn’t being distributed on their platform,” she advised Fox Information, “and that additionally contains extremely sexualized content material like ‘Huge Mouth’ and content material which may encourage self-harm, like ‘13 Causes Why.’”
“Squid Recreation” facilities on a gaggle of 456 individuals from all walks of life. Every of them has one factor in widespread: they’re all in dire monetary conditions. Consequently, they’re all invited to take part in a sequence of kids’s video games similar to “Pink Gentle, Inexperienced Gentle” within the hopes of successful an enormous money prize.
Nevertheless, it shortly turns into obvious that the implications for shedding at any of those youngsters’ video games is a brutal and premature dying.
The “Squid Recreation” hashtag has been considered greater than 22.8 billion occasions on TikTok, in response to an NBC News report, and Henson maintained that minors, together with “younger teenagers and tweens are watching the sequence by on-line gaming platforms like Roblox and Minecraft.”
Based on Fortune, “Squid Recreation” catapulted to No. 1 within the U.S. simply 4 days after its launch. It’s anticipated to be seen by greater than 82 million subscribers worldwide in its first 28 days.
The outlet notes that, when in comparison with conventional TV, that’s greater than the variety of 18- to 49-year-olds estimated by Nielsen to have watched the 40 highest-rated broadcast and cable reveals of the previous yr mixed.
“Netflix wants to acknowledge that if it fails to self-regulate, it’s inviting regulation from authorities companies, and that will result in worse outcomes for Netflix and for households,” Henson stated.
A rep for Netflix didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
FOX Enterprise’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.