A woman has asked for some advice over an issue with her partner’s ex after she allowed her 10-year-old stepdaughter to watch an episode of Squid Game on Netflix
It seems that all anyone can talk about of late is Squid Game and it’s no surprise after the South Korean show became one of the most-watched shows on Netflix.
The programme features hundreds of cash-strapped contestants as they accept an invitation to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.
As a result of the popularity and the graphic nature of some of the scenes, many schools have issued warnings to parents about children watching the show.
However, there are some who have no problem with kids watching it, as one woman has recently shared.
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An unnamed step mum from the US has taken to Reddit’s Step Parents forum, to ask for some much-needed advice after watching an episode of Squid Game with her partner’s 10-year-old daughter.
The child told her she’d been watching the programme at her mum’s house, so the other woman didn’t see any issue.
However, when her mother found out about this she was furious and it’s caused some issues.
She now doesn’t know how to proceed, so asked for help, writing: “My SD (10) was at our house last weekend and asked me if I wanted to watch Squid Game on Netflix. I saw it pop up on my own Netflix a few days prior but didn’t read the description or anything like that.
“SD told me she had already watched five episodes but that she would watch from the beginning for me.
“So…I said, ‘Sure!’ and she and I watched episode one. Only one episode. SD even went on to finish the series on her own at her mom’s house. Episode one was bloody and stuff, but I figured since she had already watched five episodes at home, it was ok with her mom. SD was not afraid of anything we watched. We even talked about how everything in movies is fake, special effects, etc…
“Well, apparently it wasn’t ok with BM. SD’s math tutor mentioned that SD had mentioned Squid Game to her during their math session and BM was appalled when the math tutor (who doesn’t have children) told her how inappropriate the show was for children.
“BM went off on SO, but turns out that SD had watched the first five episodes and the rest of the series on her mother’s laptop. So…um…what?
“I’ve got a son, so I am a mom too and I understand we don’t want our kids watching things with themes they don’t understand, but unbeknownst to BM, SD WATCHED THE WHOLE SERIES AT HER MOM’S HOUSE, yet it’s our fault?”
The parent added that she wasn’t sure how to handle the situation.
“BM is a really good mom and not high conflict at all. We get along very well and I like her very much, but she has not talked to me about the Netflix show, only my SO.
“She wouldn’t talk to me about it because she general does like any confrontation, so I guess we just proceed with business as usual, except now I will think twice the next time she asks me watch something with her!”
Dozens of people responded to the post, sharing their thoughts.
One person replied: “I’m a secondary teacher (11-16) and we’ve had to send emails out to parents asking them not to let their kids watch that show. A ridiculous amount of my 11 and 12-year-olds have been watching it too. It’s not your fault your SD lied to you, as long as your SO made that clear to BM then business as usual seems like the right approach.”
Another said: “Squidgame is HIGHLY inappropriate for a kiddo that young even understanding all of the props. Honestly it sounds like SD kind of manipulated you not knowing she was watching it without clear approval from her BM. a clear boundary between what’s appropriate should be set by all parties but I can understand why she’d be upset.
“She needs to take responsibility for the fact though that her 10-year-old is having so much unsupervised computer time that she could watch so much of it at her home. Each of you have some hand in it, including SD and her parents should have a direct conversation with her about what’s appropriate and playing households against each other.”
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