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Fears Squid Game could turn kids into bullies after scenes copied on playground

Watching Squid Game could turn children into bullies, an expert has warned.

Dr Sandra Wheatley said the hit Netflix show’s content might ­damage youngsters’ social and emotional development.

The psychologist believes it may encourage them to stand by or join in rather than help if they see a someone being harmed.

She said: "It may make them question, 'why is nobody helping them?'

"Clearly there are messages there that we really don’t want our kids to take on board."

The South Korean series sees characters compete in challenges based on childhood games to win £27million but all losers are killed on the spot.

The 15-rated show – which has been watched by more than 111 million people worldwide – features scenes of shootings, stabbings and organ harvesting.

John Bramston primary school in Ilford, east London, wrote to parents warning them pupils were copying scenes in the playground.

Central Bedfordshire council sent out an email urging parents not to let their children watch as they play the featured games.

The email reads: "There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people 'playing' Squid Game whilst at school.

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"We strongly advise that children should not watch Squid Game. The show is quite graphic with a lot of violent content."

Some suggest children have been using physical violence in the playground to "punish" losers.

Gareth Nichols, of Sir Francis Hill primary in Lincoln, said six-year-olds were "reenacting scenes".

Sandown School in Deal, Kent, said teachers had given their pupils extra lessons on online safety and the dangers of watching content that is 'not age appropriate' as a response to the show's popularity.

A spokeswoman for the school said: "We are always updating our advice to the parents and children, it's something we are constantly updating.

"As a response to this show and others we have put on extra lessons about violence and online harms."

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