Parents Warned Children as Young as Six Are Recreating Violent 'Squid Game' Challenges

Parents are being urged to "be vigilant" amid multiple reports of children recreating violent scenes from the hit Netflix series Squid Game.

In an email sent to parents and guardians, the education safeguarding team for Central Bedfordshire council in the U.K. warned of "reports that children and young people are copying games and violence from hit new Netflix series Squid Game, which is rated 15."

"There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people 'playing' Squid Game whilst at school," the email said.

"Squid Game is also being viewed via other platforms such as YouTube and TikTok, and given the popularity of the games in the show, developers have made various mini-games based on Squid Game on Roblox and other gaming platforms."

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

The warning comes after a principal at an elementary school in the U.K. reported that several children around the age of six were recreating scenes from the show.

Gareth Nicols, who is principal at Sir Francis Hill primary school in Lincoln, told the BBC "a small group of pupils within school, aged around six" were heard talking about the Netflix series and "re-enacting some scenes."

The parents of those children involved have been contacted while their mobile devices were also checked to determine if they had been watching the series without their parents' knowledge.

Another U.K. elementary school in East Yorkshire also told the news provider the series was being watched by children from ages 7 to 11.

The warnings come weeks after a school in Belgium expressed similar concerns after several children were caught playing a dangerous version of the "Red Light, Green Light" game that features on the Korean series.

Already one of Netflix's most popular shows ever, Squid Game centers on a group of hundreds of cash-strapped contestants who take part in a series of unassuming children's games with a huge prize awaiting the winner.

But while a big money windfall awaits the victor there is a grim fate in store for all of those who fail. "Red Light, Green Light," is one of several violent versions of real-life playground games to feature on the show.

It sees Squid Game contestants tasked with moving toward a creepy looking "Murdering Doll" after it says the words"green light."

However, when the doll calls out "red light" the player must stop before the doll turns around. If the doll sees them moving, they are shot dead.

According to the Municipal School of Erquelinnes Béguinage Hainaut, pupils were discovered playing a violent version of the game where "the loser gets punched."

While parents have been told to keep tabs on what children are watching on TV, the issue may go further than that, given the high visibility of the series on social media.

One Youtuber, for instance, has already pledged to create a real life version of Squid Game and fans are reportedly already eager to join.

Newsweek has contacted Netflix for comment.

Squid Game characters Gi-hun and Sang-woo.
"Squid Game" characters Gi-hun (left, played by Lee Jung-jae) and Sang-woo (right, played by Park Hae-soo). Parents across the U.K. have been urged to be mindful of the fact children have begun recreating violent scenes from the hit Netflix series. Netflix