Fidget spinners are gaining popularity in schools, and lots of kids love them; however, just as many teachers hate them. Some people are defending these fidget spinners saying that they are more than just a toy.
A basic fidget spinner has three prongs centered around a circle with bearings in the middle; all you need to do is take one prong and give it a spin. The toys are manufactured by many different companies and are sold all over the place.
Music teacher Elizabeth Maughan teaches fifth and sixth graders in a school just outside Oklahoma City. She says toys appeared there in the middle of April.
“It seemed like one day there was a few, and the next day there was a few, and the next day everyone had them. They just appeared really fast,” she says. “Of course, they drop them, and they clatter and pieces of them fall out and then they’re chasing ball bearings around the room. It just adds to the chaos.”
The spinners became so much of a problem that Maughan’s school banned them.
Fidget spinners are being marketed as a device to help people focus, and help with things such as PTSD, anxiety and ADHD. However, according to Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist and professor at Duke University, “there’s no evidence to support that claim.”
“I know there’s lots of similar toys, just like there’s lots of other games and products marketed toward individuals who have ADHD, and there’s basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board,” Kollins says.
Kollins says that he would rather parents focus on some of the tried and true methods of treatments, instead of using products such as fidget spinners.