We all remember the gadget crazes from our own days at school. The older generations will reflect happily on yo-yos and football cards whereas some of the younger parents will even remember electronic gadgets such as Tamogotchis and Pokemon. Such crazes have undoubtedly left parents with slightly lighter wallets as kids simply must have the latest trend. However, the newest toy on the block is simple and won’t break the bank at all.
Introducing the Fidget Spinner
It was actually designed to help children with their concentration in school but this latest trend has indeed got teachers up and down the country in a spin themselves. A primary school in Scotland was actually the first in the UK to ban the fidget spinner. The reason behind it was that the gadgets were being used to show off tricks during school time.
There was a simple letter sent home to parents that stated the toys were a distraction and no longer welcome within the school gates.It added that the ban “also includes the playground, as if they were to be thrown they could really hurt someone”.
Fidget spinners, which cost around £2, are a three-pronged, palm-sized piece of plastic that spins around a central weighted disc. They were developed in the US for children with ADHD or autism to help them relieve stress and develop fine motor skills.
The ban follows similar moves made by schools in England. A letter from a pupil at Churchill Academy in Somerset said they were distracting her so the head teacher said they would be confiscated.
The demand for Fidget Spinners
In Dundee local shop owners said they were struggling to keep up with demand from children who were looking to copy tips and tricks seen on YouTube videos.
Parents of children at Craigiebarns said their children were left distraught by the ban. Paula Carr, 40, who has two children at Craigiebarns, said: “The school seems to be taking it a bit far.
“They were saying it was because of an accident where one of the toys hit a kid in the eye. My kids are upset by this though.”
Marlyn Sherman, 66, whose granddaughter Farrah, five, attends the school, said: “I can understand this for safety reasons because if they are thrown or not used sensibly then someone could get hurt.” However, she said discretion should be shown if they were being used safely and not affecting lessons.
Nicholas McMahon, of Thornlie primary school in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, has harnessed the enthusiasm for the game by incorporating spinning challenges into his PE lessons.
He said: “I could see that they were really passionate about it but the flipping could be a bit infuriating. I thought of a way I could incorporate it into the timetable so it would be something we could do together.”
Saving parents money
Whether or not the teachers and schools approve of fidget spinners, there is a clear advantage of this latest trend for the more thrifty parents out there. The gadgets cost a tiny £2 each which means that most families can easily accommodate the kid’s enthusiasm for the device. This is a huge bonus for those that cannot afford to fork out on the more costly trends such as iPads and smartphones!
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