Here’s What You Had to Say on…Silly Bandz

Last week, we found out (via Dr. Wendy Walsh over at that schools all over the U.S. have banned the latest kid craze – Silly Bandz – from the classroom. Wanting to know what all of you –the parents – thought, we asked: do you support the ban on Silly Bandz, or does the ban stifle kids’ freedom of expression?

Well, the results are in! While some of you strongly supported banning the potentially distracting fad bracelets, others thought schools were making mountains out of molehills.

Read some of the comments from moms like you and then take our poll. We also welcome you to leave more thoughts and comments.

“I’m fine with banning them. After volunteering in the classroom, I see that teachers don’t need any more distractions in the classroom…there are enough already! Kids can be challenged to find other ways to express their creativity in the classroom. Save the Silly Bandz for outside of school…it doesn’t seem like to much to ask for the good of their education.” – Peg Ilkka

“I think it’s fine to ban them. Kids can express themselves creatively in other school-friendly ways (writing, drawing, etc.) and then have something to look forward to when they go home. It even opens up doors for new social events–Silly Bandz Sleepovers, anyone? Schools have enough to deal with.” – Amanda

“No, Silly Bandz shouldn’t be banned from school. By making such a big deal out of them, you only make them more coveted by kids. Like Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, and every other fad, this too shall pass.” – Michele C.

“My kids have been in private school for the last six years. They had a very strict dress code, including hair requirements. This year they went to public school and they love being able to express themselves through clothing and hair. My son is growing his hair out and my daughter wears 20 or so Silly Bandz every day. Sure, it may be a bit of a distraction, but it’s also a fun part of being a kid. I remember jelly bands being such a fun part of growing up. I say, let them stay!” – Melanie

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  1. by karla hall

    On October 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I have mixed feeling about the ban on silly bandz. While I feel like it’s okay for my 7 year old 2nd grader to wear them to school, I understand why teachers of younger children would ban them. I also have a 5 year old kindergartener who is easily distracted and is still learning social skills (sharing, interactive pla…y, etc). I feel like my 7 year old understands the importance of education, and focusing on learning…my 5 year old on the other hand does not understand that just because it looks like yours or something you have doesn’t mean that it’s yours (for example, if another child’s silly band fell off, my daughter would automatically assume that it’s hers…an argument would follow and the entire lesson would be disrupted). I believe the ban should be age appropriate if it is going to be enforced.

  2. by regan dimarco

    On October 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

    i have twin daughters in the second grade and i am also a substitute teacher. i feel that silly bandz should be banned from the classroom. not only can it become a distraction for the teacher to constantly stop class to “remind” the students to put them away but for the children as well as they play with, look at, sort, etc. the silly bandz in class. i have also found that there is alot of children who do not have silly bandz and feel left out during recess when others are busy showing off and trading their collections. there is also the never ending “so-and-so took my silly band” banter and “that one is mine”, etc. school is learning and most classroom teachers already have a “no toys at school” rule to prevent items from being lost, broken, or stolen and silly bandz are no different. personally my girls leave the silly bandz at home and play with and trade with friends after school after checking with the other moms to make sure trading is ok (just like i did with my son when pokemon cards were the fad)