I read this article in Mumsnet about the new playground craze that have kids going nuts. Parent's seem to be going nuts too but not in a good way for some. In my opinion Fidget Spinners are just a bit of fun plain and simple. And if you have a child that would go as far as putting something in their mouth then c'mon you need to check those parenting skills, because at some point when they were toddlers you didn't stress the importance of not putting things in their mouths. Or you got a rebel on your hands. Have a read of the following article for yourself.
What are fidget spinners?
A fidget spinner is a three-pronged, palm-sized piece of plastic or metal which spins around a central weighted disc. It can be used for tricks and stunts such as throwing the spinning item and catching it again without stopping its motion, or stacking toys in towers while they spin. Cheap fidget spinners can cost as little as £2 and are the current must-have playground accessory.
They were originally intended for use by children with autism, ADHD or learning difficulties – the act of fiddling with the spinner can help children concentrate or help ground them when they are anxious or distracted.
Many parents have reported that schools have banned the items, saying they are distracting and noisy, or that they are causing arguments amongst children.
On Mumsnet, parents have praised them for helping their children concentrate, but teachers have also voiced frustration over playground arguments being caused by the latest trend.
Parents are being warned about the risks of fidget spinners after a child in America choked on a detachable part of the toy, and needed surgery.
Britton Joniec, from Texas, was playing with her fidget spinner when she put a detachable moving part of it in her mouth. It then become lodged in her gastrointestinal tract, choking her. Her mother Kelly Rose was unable to dislodge it and Britton had to be put under general anaesthetic to have the part removed. Fidget spinners have been banned at our school now. After confiscating several I can understand why kids like them – they're impossible to put down! The fidget spinner Britton had been using was the type that is sold in toy shops and market stalls all over the UK.
Kelly Rose has issued a warning on Facebook to other parents that the toys shouldn't be used unattended by children under eight, and that all parents should be aware of the dangers.
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