Mommy blogger Dr. Wendy Walsh at MomLogic.com was recently shocked with bad news: Her child’s elementary school officially banned silly bandz. Across the nation, the fun-shaped rubber bracelets have become contraband after proving to be a constant distraction and source of conflict in elementary and middle schools. Instead of paying attention in classes, young kids are flinging and filching silly bandz or fidgeting and fighting over them.
Some parents see the confiscation of silly bandz as a welcome way to refocus students’ attention on the teacher instead of on trading with other students. Other parents believe schools may be going too far in stifling student’s creativity and “freedom of expression” (Time.com). For now, though, some schools are adamant about keeping silly bandz out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind. Maybe one day, silly bandz will be forgotten like pogs (remember those?) that were once popular years ago.
As a parent, do you support the banning of silly bandz? Has your children’s school banned them?