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

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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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Should Silly Bandz Be Banned from School?

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Silly Bandz Sea CreaturesMommy blogger Dr. Wendy Walsh at 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” (  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?

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