The Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) has advised parents not to allow their children under the age of 18 watch the new series ‘Squid Game’.
According to the KFCB, reports have been brought to them that the children become violent while trying to recreate some scenes from the show either in school or at home.
The KFCB acting Chief Executive Officer Mr. Christopher Wambua says that some scenes of the series which was released on September 2021 have been copied to other platforms like TikTok which have no parental advisory for children.
He also added that children recreate the scenes of the series causing harm which includes death.
“Some of the gory scenes of the series have been copied and pasted onto other online streaming platforms, including YouTube, Instagram and TikTok which makes them readily available for children even with the child protection on Netflix. This results to children imitating scenes in the game from the series leading to escalation of violence as depicted in the series causing grave harm to children, including death,” said Mr Wambua.
Some series which have influenced Youths and children to act wrongly include ‘Killing eve’ where a youth confessed to killing his family and ‘Blue whale’ which led to a lot of teenagers committing suicide.
Mr Wambua added that they have written to google to pull down the scenes of the ‘Squid Game’ available online.
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“The Board has since written to google requesting them to ensure that sections and scenes of the ‘Squid Game’ that have been recreates, distributed and exhibited on YouTube are pulled down or made inaccessible to help in ensuring that the content is restricted to adults. The board also agreed with Netflix that they will work together to ensure that the content are in line with the KFCB’s law,” He added.
The Board urged parents, caregivers and guardians to be more vigilant and monitor the content their children are consuming on media platforms and guide them appropriately.
He further said that the Board and Netflix are working on a programme to ensure that they educate on how to use parental control services especially now we are approaching December Holidays when most children will be at home.
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