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As most moms know by now (since your kids are probably wearing armfuls of them), Silly Bandz are the colorful, stretchy silicone kids' bracelets that come in various shapes, from animals to princess-themed objects. Kids are feverishly collecting and trading them, which has led some schools to recently ban them, deeming them a "distraction." I'm not against making our classrooms as conducive to learning as can be, but in this scenario I am wondering why administrators are stepping in.
For one thing, childhood fads are natural -- and negotiating with friends (making trades) is both fun and a learned skill. I still remember the thrill of landing a prized Lisa Frank unicorn-and-rainbow sticker in an intensely brokered deal at age eight, and there were times I had to manage the disappointment of other trades I later regretted. Who doesn't recall eagerly swapping Garbage Pail Kids cards on the playground? Or baseball cards, for that matter. How are Silly Bandz different?
I do think teachers should limit trading times to recess and after school and reprimand students who use the bracelets as "projectiles and stingers," as reported in the Sun-Sentinel -- just as they would monitor other classroom disturbances. Parents, too, should be responsible for keeping the bracelet-accumulation from getting out of control (there have been reports of kids wearing 30 or more having their circulation cut off). But a flat-out ban feels like overkill, and possibly a dangerous precedent.
Has your kids' school banned Silly Bandz? Do you think they should? Chime in below!
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