Finally, freshman year is over in exactly 12 hours. Anyways our final assignment is to post our editorial that we had been working on in literature class sooo here it is.
The New Weapon of Mass Distraction
Fidget spinners, the toy that’s in everyone’s hands 一 including mine. These gadgets are a small wireless toy that spins around three bearings and have taken over the world. Despite the claims of these spinners, these toys have prevented children from learning in classrooms all across America, and teachers aren’t having it.
From using the gadget in class, it proved to be addicting. Paying attention became difficult and many people stopped and asked to try.
These gadgets distract not only kids but also teachers. Kansas Spanish teacher Amanda Dickey tweeted, “I will call you ‘Annoying Spinny Thing’ and you will live in my desk drawer”. Though these are meant to be discreet and quiet tools, kids treat them as toys, spinning it against the desk and putting it in friends hair.
Fidget spinners are also a danger to children because the removable bearings are a huge choking hazard. Just a few weeks ago, a 10-year-old girl put the spinner in her mouth and the bearing popped out, landing right in her esophagus, and had to get it surgically removed.
A clinical psychologist at the University of Central Florida Mark Rapport said, “Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD”. He says that the fidget cube is better than the spinner because they don’t require visual attention, and are more discreet.
Spinner benefits? Probably…not. Of course, many occupational therapists use sensory toys for children with sensory-processing issues, but “In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology by Mark Rapport looked at 8 to 12-year-olds kids with ADHD. The researchers found that those who participated in gross motor activity 一 meaning the movement of limbs or large parts of the body ― performed better than those who sat still during tasks involving working memory, which is a type of memory used for processing information” said LiveScience magazine, and because these spinners do not require gross body movement and are visually distracting, there really is no benefit.
In order to end the distracting toy trend measures should be taken at schools, such as sending out an email or phone call to families within each district instructing them and their children to stop bringing the toys to school, because the use of them is distracting to the class and the user.
Fidget spinners are a wave of distraction that is taking over classrooms and causing teachers and parents trouble as children beg for more. They should not be seen as tools or helpful because there is no scientific proof that the momentum or movement that they put out has any true benefits to them.
If you actually read that, congrats because I couldn’t. Anywayyyys see ya blog!