Fidget spinners, the low technology toy, and latest craze for children, has been banned in a few schools. According to Karen Hubbard, principal at Governor Winslow Elementary School in Marshfield, says almost every student plays with them, and many have more than one. The school allows them in the playground or inside the lunchroom. The only restriction is within the classroom.
The toy has been marketed as an antidote for ADHD or Attention Deficit Disorder. Children flick and twirl these toys, and often show them off to friends. Many schools have limited their use to lunchrooms or during school recess. Fidget spinners are specially engineered for students who follow individualized education programs. These children generally suffer from lack of concentration and increased stress or anxiety. Many experts however discount such claims saying, none of the claimed benefits have been corroborated by science.
The latter opinion has been echoed by Scott Kollins of Duke University. The clinical psychologist told a media house that no research has actually been conducted to prove the effectiveness of this toy. Children now collect fidget spinners, and they sell extremely well. Prices vary from a minimum of $5 to the priciest costing about $45. Sales are now lower as many schools have begun to ban them. Children generally lose interest when such an event happens. A few schools, however, are turning to parents to control the problem.
Correct place to play
One such school is Cole School in Norwell. Eliza Burns, the principal of the school, said that while school authorities appreciate the enthusiasm of students for new products, the school hopes that parents will talk with their respective children at home regarding the appropriate place and time to use these items. She added that a number of students can get distracted by such toys.
Some parents support fidget spinners. Katie Lenihan, whose eight-year-old daughter studies at Weymouth's Academy Avenue School says her daughter suffers from an anxiety disorder and ADHD. She is not happy that her daughter is no longer allowed to take the toy to school. Lenihan feels that fidget spinners do help, and is disappointed that educational institutions view them just as toys. With this definition, the toy can be taken away from kids who actually benefit from them.