Many schools in the Toulouse Academy, from school to college, are alerting parents of students to a possible intrusion into the playgrounds of the Squid Game phenomenon, inspired by the ultraviolent series broadcast on Netflix. Like the Joseph Rey de Cadours college, whose email address was hacked on Instagram.
“Dangerous games worry me, all the phenomena which are dangers for our children worry me”, declared on BFMTV the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, Thursday October 14th. He was directly referring to the South Korean blockbuster ultraviolet series, Squid Game, banned under the age of 16 and broadcast on the Netflix platform and which tends, in some schools, to be replayed by students.
In this series, which turns into a massacre each, 456 desperate people took part in children’s games to win a jackpot of 33 million euros. In reality, the game in the school or college yard is “to beat the loser”.
While the phenomenon worries the Ministry of National Education, academy inspectors and teaching teams, many school heads are taking the lead by alerting families. This is particularly the case of the Joseph Rey college in Cadours (31) where the parents of the students recently received an email from the principal Martine Camps, which evokes both the phenomenon that occurred but also a hacking. the email address of his establishment.
“No facts reported”
In Haute-Garonne, the academic director of the national education services (Dasen) Mathieu Sieye confirms having “been alerted [par le ministère] on the risks of violent practices in connection with the game Squid Game, in order to ensure, with all the harassment referents, the prevention of these practices “. The rectorate notes, for the time being,” no fact reported by the establishments schools of the academy “.
“You may have heard of the game Squid Game, from a television series prohibited for children under 16 and broadcast on Netflix, writes the principal of the Cadours college. This game would appear in the playgrounds of. At first glance, it seems harmless and harmless like: 1, 2, 3 sun or hopscotch, but its goal would be to beat the loser. instruction to call until there is someone who does not answer … “
“We alerted the gendarmerie”
The principal of the college of Cadours met especially warning parents on the use of social networks. “One of the distribution channels for this game is an instagram account” josephrey.fr “. This account is in no way an official account of the establishment and undermines the image of the college and, consequently, of your children through certain comments. In any case, we will be vigilant that this game does not extend. We have alerted the gendarmerie on this subject “.
The college does not report any acts of violence, “for the moment”. And ensures that the “josephrey.fr” account is no longer active. But the “game” seems to endure. The principal informs the parents “that a new account has appeared” collegejosephreycadours “and” that it will undoubtedly be endless. “She finally specifies:” This type of account serves as an outlet for current college students but also for former students, going so far as to defame certain teachers “.
The Squid Game “game” has not been widely reproduced in schools. However, imitations of the series have been reported in English and Belgian schools and also in the Paris region. Recently on the LCI channel, Jean-Michel Blanquer pleads for a parent: “It is obvious that there is the responsibility of the platforms (…), we have seen that it is normally prohibited for under 16s, can – should we consider measures that allow real parental control on such subjects ”.
An ultraviolet series on Netflix
Apparently, this is the biggest box of the Netflix platform. Since the South Korean series began on September 17, the platform announced that in 27 days, it had already been viewed 111 million times. The story met in scene nearly 500 people having financial difficulties who will gamble their lives to win the jackpot. The series is forbidden to those under 16, but it is obviously watched by students from elementary and middle school. What caught the attention of the Ministry of National Education, it was in particular the intrusion of the game in the playground of a school in Belgium in early October. In a school in Erquelinnes, a town bordering the French town of Jeumont (North), 11-year-old students reproduced the first game in the series, “Un, deux, trois, soleil”. It is a teacher who noticed the tears of a little girl who had just been whipped in the face ”, an obvious act“ without gravity ”.