School's out for summer, but an increasing number of school districts across the country are banning Silly Bandz bracelets that are all the rage to kids right now. What's your take on this?
To kids, Silly Bandz are fun, bright-colored rubber bracelets that take the shape of animals, fruit, and other cool stuff when they're not on their wrist. They hoard 'em and trade 'em. I even saw a kid selling them at a little table at his parents' yard sale this past weekend, doing a brisk business. A Silly Bandz dealer!
To parents, Silly Bandz are a cheap way to please, reward, and entertain a kid (you can get two dozen for about $5). But to teachers and school officials, the bracelets are an object of obsession and distraction – a hot commodity that kids might even become a bully over.
Every few years, a new toy or collectible comes along that kids just flip for. When I was a kid, it was Garbage Pail Kids cards, and since then, Beanie Babies, all things Pokemon, and all things Hannah Montana have become the "it" thing for kids.
Do you think it's healthy and okay for kids to become crazy about something like Silly Bandz? Should schools ban them? And what were you obsessed with as a kid?