The fad distracting the nation — Fidget Spinners

Posted May 19, 2017

The toys have been marketed as a tool to eliminate distractions to help those with ADHD and autism. Don't forget to take the battery out first, unless you want your fidget spinner to explode.

In May 2017, fidget spinners, which are toys originally developed to relieve stress that are made from a ball bearing with metal prongs that can be poked, spun, and flicked, and that supposedly help with mental focus, became wildly popular.

There have been several reports this gadget has caused major distractions in the classroom, and have been banned in schools in the U.K. and throughout the United States.

A majority of fidget spinners say on the package that they're recommended for those 12 and older.

"At the moment we haven't banned them, but ask me again in a week", Mr Murtas said.

While they may seem like just a toy, experts say they could help pupils who struggle to concentrate.

In the meantime, the Toy Association said not all fidget spinners are created equal, and that the safety of products sold outside a reputable retailer can not be verified. Its purported inventor, Catherine Hettinger, came up with the idea as a device to distract young children from mischievous behavior by providing them with a soothing toy to play with. Dr. Sarver's study suggests that children without ADHD actually do worse in school when they move more.

Many Darwin primary schools have already banned the spinners.