Is that right? Silly Bandz are bad for kids' health?
Are you a fan of Silly Bandz? Or perhaps you're sick of seeing the colorful, fun-shaped bracelets on the wrists (and arms) of every kid and his cousin these days. Well, some critics have raised the bar on bashing the Bandz, saying they can pose health risks to the kids who wear them.
I'll admit that I have two Silly Bandz on my wrist even as I write this; one's a penguin, a gift from my 16-year-old daughter, the other a fairy-princess wand, a gift from our 18-year-old friend Stephanie. They fit me so loosely I can't feel them, but I like catching sight of them as I type. They are so silly, they make me smile.
But most Silly Bandz aficionados aren't 49 years old. (Though the Bandz do have quite an adult following.) And most don't just wear two at a time. The goal is to collect as many as you can and to wear them up and down your arm. Needless to say, schools across the country have banned them as distractions; kids like to admire and trade them when they should be learning to read and write. But this is summer time -- can't we give kids a Silly Bandz break?
Maybe not. Turns out that wearing too many Bandz at once -- and too tightly -- could cut off circulation to the hand. (Also, as it happens, swimming pool chemicals can cause the silicone bands to disintegrate; when they fall off, they can clog pool plumbing. Hence many summer camps' and public pools' bans on the Bandz.)
As reported in Adweek's BrandFreak blog, A.C. Moore stores have given Bandz-obsessed kids a safe place to indulge their obsession: on Wednesday, the arts-and-crafts chain held what it billed as the world's largest Bandz-swapping session. Presumably there was adult supervision, keeping an eye out for the tell-tale pale hand that signals restricted blood flow.
Do you let your kids wear Silly Bandz? Are you concerned about the Bandz as a health hazard? Please vote in today's poll!
Jennifer LaRue Huget
July 16, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Family Health , General Health , Is That Right? , Kids' health
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