At ICS, we engage students in conversations about the media they are consuming, and the things they are encountering online. Our student counselors and teachers talk with students about internet safety, digital citizenship, and what to do when they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable. We do these things in the hopes that students continue to make wise choices when at home.
However, we know from extensive studies on brain development that the brain is not fully mature until age 25, so our students need help with good decision-making, critical thinking, and discernment. Squid Game, a very popular Netflix show with themes of violence and greed has been making headlines and breaking viewing records. Clips from the show have been distributed on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms, and curiosity as peers have discussed the show has led to students doing searches of their own. Reviews from Common Sense Media show that parents have rated the show as suitable for people over 17, whereas teens have rated this show as being suitable for 14 year-olds.
As you consider what this means for your children and your family, here are some resources you may want to peruse:
- From Protect Young Eyes (an EXCELLENT resource): Should I Let My Kid Watch Squid Game?
- From the Child Mind Institute: Incredibly Popular, Super Violent - What Parents Need to Know about Kids and Squid Game
- From Safe on Social Media (Facebook): background info and recommendations
We know from experience that our children have been made by God to be infinitely creative — and thus locking down devices and monitoring usage can only be ONE ASPECT of parenting during this technological age. Please engage your child in frank, open conversation about the media they are consuming, and please let our respective student counselors know how they can help in any way as you navigate these waters of adolescence.Back to ICS News