Since April, an idling device called fidget spinner, basically a small usually three blade rotor with a ball bearing, is all the rage. Do you have one (or plan to get one)?
To swallow the bearing the kid had to take the device apart which seems harder than swallowing one of those smaller Lego pieces. Want to ban Lego?
Yes! I love mine. And I have even seen ads for a new one with a colored LED on each arm.
But the government issued a warning this week to keep these out of reach of small unsupervised children, because the plastic insert pops out easily and presents a choking hazard.
I do not plan to get one.
We all have one. They are great
Here's the original fidget spinner. youtu.be/VTrxTOFxA50
I received one as a gift. It's brass and sits on my desk at work.
I'd never heard of it until a day or two ago. Certainly something I can and will live without.
Additionally, this was originally a medical device that was sold to help those with ADHD focus. The way I understand it, toy companies have jumped on the bandwagon, making it into a toy. And I wonder if they've not used the same standards as the medical device company, to make sure they're safe.
I have taken a few from students recently
Did you read what I said about Lego?
Basically, ban ALL toys with small parts, right?
Teddy Bears are fine, just make them eyeless, those glass beads are a choking hazard.
THIS IS SARCASM which I'm not good at.
Ban Lego!!! 😨
It's new to me it comes apart easily.
I'll test it over a few days handson and factually 😊
They are all over my school, and for the most part the kids don't make them a distraction. Personally, I think they are awesome for their intended purpose. The problem is now they are almost a kind of status symbol in the school and everyone has to have one.
They say they are supposed to help with ADHD. They don't. I have ADHD have tried them and all it did was make me even more distracted.
I don't have any but my daughter does.
Such claims are an unsound marketing spin.
They should be marketed as simple idle toys, much like Slinky or Silly Putty.
I have a lot of things that I fidget with, but I found those spinners really dumb.
Me too. Definitely more distracting than helpful. I'm hoping this fad fades over the summer.
Great! These warnings never reach everyone that needs them. Glad we kept him safe.
I bought one for my husband. It's the best $6 I've spent in a long time.
I've noticed a lot of trashed packages with small, tripod base like indentations and the devices in windows of $5 shops and those shops that sell souvenirs or CBD stuff and vaping equipment.
So I researched.
I got one for $3 and I use 8t whenever I'm done with all of my work, but don't want to go on my phone.
No. They are dangerous to kids under 8. I posted a poll this week about a kid that swallowed the bearing, and it got stuck in his esophagus. They had to do surgery to remove it.
If she is very young, see my comment above!
I just read your post above. Thanks for the concern. My youngest has 4. I'll keep an eye on him.
Im not a trend follower
Iv had one since before theme craze started.
Our 11 year old has one, and also had a kadama when they were the fad....all these toys come and go.....
I looked up the article and take that back--it's not just a choking hazard for those 8 and under. The girl was 10! Did I say anything about banning them? I said I wouldn't personally buy one! And no, I wouldn't have Legos sitting around available for a toddler to choke on either.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission agrees: "Anything with small parts, keep it away from young children. If it can fit through a toilet paper roll, don't give it to a young child, and make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions," spokeswoman Patty Davis advised.
Part 2. Many toys come with choking hazard warnings. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children, especially those 3 or younger. In a statement from the Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, the academy warns that "Food, coins, and toys are the primary causes of choking-related injury and death. Certain characteristics, including shape, size, and consistency, of certain toys and foods increase their potential to cause choking among children."
They are EVERYWHERE! THIS FAD MUST DIE!!!!
Nope, but I know someone who makes and sells them using his 3D printer.
His are niftier than the ones in stores.
I will buy some as giveaways for Halloween.
Pink Floyd was right - another brick in the wall.
Cool!!! Bruce Lee wrote the article!!!
I'm not good at understanding sarcasm, so I still don't get what you're getting at! Lol
Are you saying we should ban all small toys?
I'm just saying that parents should use common sense, and that this "toy" is more dangerous than others because it easily comes apart (according to some articles I read), and the smaller part that comes out is a choking hazard, as opposed to a Lego, that all parents can look at and see is a small choking hazard.
Great! But keep in mind what I said about brands. It could be that the one that this kid choked on is an inferior product. It told the name of the company in the article, so you could check that and see if it's the same company that you got your from.
And yes... I purchased one for myself almost immediately. I was an ADD kid and think they're great. My wife doesn't get it.
Yes, I usually go for such fads but will probably lose interest soon.
The spinner ring has been popular for longer, and yes, I have one, too.
I told her she can ask for it back the last day of school
Prae- I wouldn't quite say that. Some kids actually have an easier time paying attention if they doodle. Same kind of thing. Obviously not every kid will respond the same way.
No. In the olden days. You could string a button. Two or four hole doesn't matter. But the button and tie the string off. But the bottom in the middle and twisted up then you could put your hands apart and bring them together and entertain yourself for hours. I know they did this on the westward expansion and it was popular in the 1950s also.