The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer has a fear at the moment, that the craze around Squid Game will cause dangerous imitations in the schoolyard.
When he is not worried about the woke ideology, Jean-Michel Blanquer has one ultimate fear, Squid Game. At the microphone of Jean-Jacques Bourdin on RMC/BFMTV on October 14, the Minister of Education spoke about the Korean series which is currently a real hit on Netflix.
Indeed, the enthusiasm is such around the series that it provokes imitations in the playgrounds. In Belgium, for example, the pupils of a school also organized games where the losers suffered a violent punishment.. In this case, they were whipped to the point of blood.
“Children should not abuse screens”
Imitations that torment Jean-Michel Blanquer a lot:
In general, dangerous games worry me, of course. All the phenomena which are dangers for our children and our youth worry me. This is a Korean series where the losers of the games are killed. It sometimes causes imitations in schoolyards. The phenomenon has not grown too large, but it still exists. We are very attentive. All of this requires everyone’s vigilance. I am speaking to parents in particular. You have to be very careful. Children should not abuse screens and [il faut faire] pay attention to what they are looking at.
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) October 14, 2021
Jean-Michel Blanquer wonders about parental control
Squid Game may indeed be banned for children under 16, it seems that the series has managed to be viewed by children much younger than that. So much so that National Education had to circulate an internal document to departmental directors.
And this, to sensitize schools to pay attention to this phenomenon and to monitor their students to avoid any violent slippage.
Jean-Michel Blanquer also wondered about parental control and its methods:
How, in this ultraconnected technological society, can one avoid harmful influences and have a positive education? It assumes that parents pay more attention to their children.