What is Squid Game?
In this dystopian Netflix drama, cash-strapped, “regular” people receive a mysterious invitation into a game that promises unfathomable riches. To the death. Think of Hunger Games, only the rated-R version. And creepy (almost a horror movie vibe).
It is currently #1 in 90 countries and is poised to become Netflix’s most streamed original series ever. And Squid Game season 2 is already planned!
The survival drama, which features gruesome scenes of characters being shot in the head and organ harvesting, sees contestants take part in versions of traditional children’s games, with the winners progressing to the next stage.
What’s the Right Age for Watching Squid Game?
Parents have been asking us this question. According to Netflix, the show is rated TV-MA, which is reserved for ages 17+. The shows’s description goes on to say that it includes violence, sex, nudity, suicide, language, and smoking. And, it definitely includes all of these elements. Essentially, every episode is an R-rated movie.
Netflix has Great Parental Controls
So, why does Protect Young Eyes care about a show like Squid Game?
- Netflix is the digital doorway through which it must be consumed. Therefore, it’s a great time for parents to evaluate their Netflix set-up.
- The intersection between digital and real life is fluid. Kids are mimicking Squid Game games on the playground. Your kid’s friends are probably talking about it. Being informed is just so important.
Among all streaming services, including Hulu, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Video, Netflix has the best parental controls, offering multiple layers of protection at the profile, rating, and title levels. Our full Netflix Parental Control Guide also includes a way for parents to avoid a “hack” that allows kids to circumvent ratings and title parental controls.
But, don’t just approach Squid Game from a parental control perspective. Since many kids will be discussing the show, then you might want to find a way to ask curious questions of your tween or teen to see what they’re hearing. Look for open windows during car time, meal time, or bed time.
Squid Game Bottom Line
This show wasn’t made for teens and kids. It’s excessively violent, and also dark, mature, and intense. Some schools in the UK have reported kids attempting to mimic some of the challenges, which isn’t good. This isn’t good for childhood.
Keep learning about internet safety through the Protect App
With over 500 mini-lessons, and now 20 videos to watch with your kids, The Protect App is your one-stop-shop for all of your internet safety needs. Bite-sized right in your pocket! Whenever and wherever you have 5 minutes to unlock your digital parenting superpowers. Protect even includes a section with step-by-step instructions for Netflix. Download it today! Just head to your Apple or Google Play Store and search “protect young eyes.”
Chris McKenna, Founder: A man with never ending energy when it comes to fighting for the safety and protection of children. Chris practices his internet safety tips on his four amazing children and is regularly featured on news, radio, and podcasts for his research. His 2019 US Senate Judiciary Committee testimony was the catalyst for draft legislation and on-going discussion that could radically change online child protection laws and earned PYE the NCOSE Dignity Defense Alert Award in 2020. The PYE team has performed over 1,300 presentations at schools, churches, and nonprofits and was featured in the Childhood 2.0 movie. When not leading PYE, Chris is the Digital Marketing Manager for Covenant Eyes. Other loves include running, spreadsheets, nature, and candy.