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Teachers Say Fidget Spinners Becoming Major Classroom Distraction

19 May 2017, 07:59 | Winifred Adams

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The small triangular devices have been proclaimed as the ultimate answer for those prone to fidget and they are being snapped up in droves. Don't forget to take the battery out first, unless you want your fidget spinner to explode. With an estimated two to three children with ADHD in every classroom, that quickly adds up to a lot of children asking for-and getting-their own fidget toys.

A school in Co.Wicklow has made the decision to ban fidget spinners, not because they are risky, but because they are proving to be a major distraction while children are in class.

A hoard of schools around the world have begun to ban the toys as they are disrupting lessons.

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

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"It was no longer something just to help them to focus but it was how long can we keep it spinning, can we stick it on our nose, how long will it stay on my forehead, etc.", Allegheny Intermediate Unit program director Roseanne Javorsky said.

However, while a filler of dead time for many, Bou Monsef said there could be a more serious physiological applications to the Fidget Spinner - although thorough scientific studies would be needed to test and prove this. But some parents and teachers say the devices are doing the opposite-they're more like a distraction. The district also released a statement that read, "We do not have policy regarding fidgets and they have not been an issue".

Many Darwin primary schools have already banned the spinners.

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