Fidget Spinners: toy or distraction?

One Salisbury school embraces the fidget spinner while a few schools are banning the toy

One Salisbury school embraces the fidget spinner while a few schools are banning the toy

If you have kids, you've probably seen the latest toy spinning around your house or driveway - the fidget spinner. Fancier ones can cost over $50.

Fidget cubes, spinners, and other fidget toys have become popular tools to help people with various concentration and anxiety conditions.

Parent Nikki Dye, 32, a finance and human resource administration worker, said: "They shouldn't be allowed in class if they are causing a distraction but if not then I don't see the problem".

"As of now, we have not had an issue with them at the high school", Attleboro High principal Bill Runey said".

"Some students play with them underneath their desk and it's fine if it helps them stay focused but other times it becomes a distraction when other students are watching what they're doing", said Kristen Parson, a 5 grade teacher at Pritchardville Elementary.

Predictably, the popularity launched a wave of classroom bans - though we can't imagine the spinners are more annoying than last fall's YouTube-fueled fad, water bottle flipping.

Not only will this fidget toy help you keep your hands occupied, but you can also look pretty cool playing around with it in the process. If you have kids, they may have already spun their way into your home. What wasinitially met with curiosity and nearly disapproval, simply became a "must-try" sort of situation and eventually a "must-buy" one after they tried spinning the fidget for a few times to see how it feels.

Fidget spinners have been flying off the shelves across the United Kingdom, with many retailers selling out fast as more youngsters and even adults become desperate to get their hands on them. In slow-motion, she captured her 12-year-old spinning the gadget using only his pointer finger before he threw it up in the air.

Art Hardin, a teacher at Edyth J. Hayes Middle School, said students asked him if they could make fidget spinners. I nearly see it as a side effect of some other processes that are going on with them. She's even bought one for her husband.

Another concerned parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, believed that parents must keep watch on their children playing all kinds of games, not just the Fidget Spinner. "I can't say that they for sure don't work, but there's no evidence to support that they do and it's obvious they're going to be distracting to other people". You have so many families that are concerned about hyperactivity, and maybe they should focus less on that.

"Specific learning aids can be provided to any pupils who have been found to need them following assessment".