In the event that you live near/on/under a rock and haven’t heard about Silly Bandz, they are colourful rubber bands in the shape of various animals and fun objects and are worn on the wrist. They’ve been a major fashion accessory for children (and caregivers) this year.
The bandz I’m wearing right now.
Beyond wearing them, Silly Bandz wearers have become little entrepeneurs and typically trade with others for bandz they want. In fact, I exchanged a unicorn for a pink pig just yesterday.
The flip side to this fashion accessory is the accompanying health concerns as well as negative feedback.
- They’re a distraction in the classroom
- They have been turned into weapons and used to sting others
- Trades may turn sour and feelings are hurt
- They may clog swimming pools
- Wearing too many may limit blood circulation in the arm
Admittedly, the crescent moon I am wearing is a bit tight. For caregivers, it is important to remember these were designed for little arms, so exercise caution when wearing them.
In the Washington Post article reviewing Silly Bandz, over 600 people responded to the poll which asked if they thought the bracelets were a hazard. The majority of respondents said no.
Children enjoy crazes such as this (see also Pokemon card, Bakugan and YuGiOh trades of the past). It’s part of their social world. Wearing these bandz says something about you as an individual; “You’re like me and we have something in common.” Trades also mimic humans’ use of a payment system and can teach valuable lessons.
These crazes will likely continue for generations to come. For now, enjoy the days of the Silly Bandz and look out for the tight ones!