Multiple UK schools have warned parents not to let their children watch the Netflix South Korean smash hit Squid Game after pupils were caught copying scenes.
Kids around the country are reportedly asking teachers if they can play some of the games that feature in the South Korean series.
The show sees debt-ridden contestants taking on fatal survival tasks, covered up as popular playground games, for a life-changing cash prize.
'Squid Game' comes from a Korean schoolyard game where children run towards a finish line when 'green light is called out', then freeze if 'red light' is shouted. Any players caught moving at the wrong time are out of the game.
But in the violent series that is currently sitting as Netflix's most watched show in 90 countries, players who are caught moving are shot dead on sight.
Nearly all episodes of the smash-hit show contain gruesome and violent scenes, with some schools telling parents to make sure they monitor what their children are watching over fear of copycat attacks.
One father said his children's school in east London warned parents in a letter about kids playing their own playground version of Squid Game.
He tweeted: "Can't believe my kids' school has had to send a letter telling parents that kids are playing their own version of Squid Game and that parents will have sanctions applied if their kids mimic Squid Game. The popularity of this show is next level."
John Bramston Primary School told parents disagreements were being caused between children re-enacting the games.
Teachers also warned against letting kids pretend to shoot each other while playing as it is "not appropriate nor acceptable".
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The letter read: "Dear Parents/Carers, It has come to our attention that a number of our children are watching 'Squid Game' on 'Netflix'.
"We have noticed an increased number of children starting to play their own versions of this game in the playground – which in turn is causing conflict within friendship groups.
"Children who are watching this are being exposed to graphic realistic scenes of violence and sadly children are acting out this behaviours in the playground which will not be TOLERATED.
"I would like to make you aware that this programme is rated a 15 for a reason.
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"IT IS NOT APPROPARITE [sic] FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN. Any child who mimics or demonstrates these behaviours, parents will be called upon and sanctions applied.
"Please be aware of the dangers of this TV programme for your children and reinforce positive behaviours.
"Also please explicitly share that pretending to shoot one another is not appropriate – nor acceptable. Please support us in keeping your children safe."
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