CHILDREN as young as six are copying rape scenes from Grand Theft Auto - and a worried headteacher has written a warning to parents over the popular computer game.
Village school head Morien Morgan sent a letter to parents about "extremely concerning behaviour" which he blames on the latest version of the violent video game.
He said: "Children are initiating games that involve simulating rape and sexual intercourse.
"They are acting out scenes from the game which include the strongest of sexual swear words.
"They are having conversations about sexual acts and play acting extremely violent games that sometimes result in actual injury.
"They are also having detailed discussion of drug use."
Teachers at Coed-y-Brain Primary in the village of Llanbradach, near Caerphilly, asked the children what they were playing in the school yard.
The pupils, aged six to 11, told them it was from watching the computer game Grand Theft Auto V which carries an Over 18 certificate.
The video game has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.
Mr Morgan said: "It became more concerning because this newest version seems to be even more shocking than the previous games.
"The youngest child showing this kind of behaviour was six."
Mr Morgan said that in his day children copied scenes from cowboy and indian movies and TV shows.
The headteacher said he naively thought the video games were quite tame until he went online to view them himself.
Mr Morgan said: "I thought it was just a bit of swearing and some shooting and I think some of the parents will tell you that they have been equally naive.
"We noticed it building up. It used to be when people watched TV programmes - we probably did it ourselves with cowboys and Indians.
The headteacher said the letter was simply a way of making parents aware of this trend rather than criticising them for the children’s actions.
He said: "I sent out the letter with some trepidation but all the comments, as far as I’m aware, have been very supportive.
"But I must stress it’s not a matter of me condemning parents at all."
Caerphilly Council said it was an internal matter for the school.