Teachers have been warned of a growing tendency amongst young children, to act out "violent scenes from adult computer games in the playground".
According to the Guardian, "pupils as young as four and five are simulating car crashes and graphic injuries as a result of playing games unsupervised in their bedrooms", a assembled meeting of education workers was told at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) annual conference.
A motion at the conference called for government ministers to introduce "stringent legislation" to counter the "negative effects some computer games are having on the very young".
"We all expect to see rough and tumble, but I have seen little ones acting out quite graphic scenes in the playground and there is a lot more hitting, hurting and thumping in the classroom for no particular reason," said Alison Sherratt, a teacher at Riddlesden St Mary's Church of England primary school in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
"Obesity, social exclusion, loneliness, physical fitness, sedentary solitary lives – these are all descriptions of children who are already hooked to games," she continued. "Sadly there is a notable correlation between the children who admit to playing games and those who come to school really tired.
Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL, pointed towards the role of parents in allowing their children access to restricted material, with a number of teachers worried that parents were ignoring age restrictions.
"The watershed tends to work quite well, but with online TV and video children and young people are probably watching inappropriate content over a range of media," she said.
"It's about reminding parents and carers that they have a very real responsibility for their children and that schools can't do it alone."
Amen to that.