No, Your 9-Year-Old Shouldn't Be Watching 'Squid Game'

Many experts have weighed in on whether young kids should be watching the Netflix hit 'Squid Game.'

10/17/2021 2:38:00 AM

No, Your 9-Year-Old Shouldn't Be Watching 'Squid Game' “People keep asking if ‘Squid Game’ is ok for kids and like, HAVE THEY SEEN IT?”

Many experts have weighed in on whether young kids should be watching the Netflix hit 'Squid Game.'

Squid Game,”the org said on its website.“Characters are systematically tortured and killed for the sadistic pleasure of a game master. Adults have sex, and there are threats of sexual violence: Women are grabbed by the hair and beaten.”Psychology Today

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, letting our kids watch scary movies likely won’t scar them for life, but can lead to “some transient fears such as increased fear of the dark and strangers, trouble sleeping, and some nightmares.”Our primary school sent a letter to parents telling us not to let kids watch Squid Game. And held an all school assembly telling the kids not to watch Squid Game. Result? Children who really want to watch Squid Game.

— Polly Mackenzie (@pollymackenzie)October 14, 2021One reason it’s not suitable, especially for young kids, is their brains are not fully developed until we are around 25, and kids around nine-15+ especially can feel overwhelmed and anxious by what they are seeing, especially since they are playing games familiar to what they’d play at school.

“Many parents think, ‘My child can understand and differentiate between reality and fiction,'” Laura Linn Knight, a parenting educator and former elementary school teacher, toldTODAY Parents. “But children cannot differentiate as much as we think. So when we’re sending in these images and expecting them to do what an adult can do, it’s unrealistic for them.”

She continued: “They’re taking childhood games that they’re playing on the school yard, like red light/green light and tug of war, so children are actively playing these games with their friends. Now they’re being exposed to it in a way where killing is involved and it’s life-threatening.”

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The second trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home” premiered on Tuesday, a little over a month ahead of the Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios co-production’s exclusive theatrical rel… kids should watch this .even some adults can't handle it.. But why not? You seem to think everything else is appropriate for them. Yet, when I choose what isn’t for my own child, I’m told I have too much white Protestant privilege.🤷🏼‍♀️ We watched it WITH our 14 yr old. It was brutal, I mean ALOT of people die, but it wasn’t gory like Saw (I haven’t actually seen Saw). I don’t think we’d let any kids younger than 14 see it and only then with supervision. It really was brutal to watch. (It was exciting and good!)

Today my running club of third through fifth graders explained it to me and I was horrified. My kids have only been exposed to the YouTube shorts of people re-enacting the show with their pets. THOSE are pretty funny. Tale as old as time. Growing up, my parents were super strict about what I watched. I had friends allowed to watch horror movies and those with stricter parents who banned Disney movies. Just use common sense!

Unfortunately pretty much all of the violent bloody scenes are available on YouTube out of the context of the show. So kids can see all the violence but none of the brilliance. 🤨 My 18 Y/O won't even watch it and she is a die hard fan of all things on Korean TV. Good question, I don’t think many parents seen this “game show”. Is quite annoying and stupid! A 9- year old shouldn’t be watching it because why? I’d like to know.

How are they showing that stuff on TV even? People being killed? Torture? For real or for movie real?

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