Fidget Spinners Controversy

Fidget Spinners

Two fast spinning fidget toys with flowers on top

Fidget spinners, the newest trend in acrobatics, is being destroyed by German authorities. The reason is an underlying cause for the reason that they are dangerous for children, proving to be potentially fatal to them.

Fidget Spinners Controversy

In May, German authorities have confiscated 39 tons of fidget spinners. They intend on destroying them, according to the Associated Press. The reason is that they were sent from China to Frankfurt. But, upon testing, they have found faulty parts or mechanisms that can create a choking hazard for young children.

Furthermore, the fidget spinners did not have any instructions or information regarding the place of origin. Notwithstanding such type of preventive information (cautions), can result in a potentially fatal use by young children that are not supervised. This is so after increasing cases of children that, when playing with such toys, ingested parts of the toy. Or, one other case, parts of the toy remained stuck in their esophagus.

One other casualty is that of children propelling them into the air while the fidgets are spinning at fast rates. Not being able to catch them results in skin injuries.

The underlying condition is that, of course, on YouTube, there have been posted video clips with individuals doing acrobatics with the toy. Naturally, viewers would like to prove their worthiness in regard to the respective skills. And so, incidents occur.

Dr. Nina Shapiro, an otolaryngologist from UCLA, thinks that parents should

“(…) just not to give these to younger children, children under six, and for older children to really explain that these are toys, but they also have risks.”

This is in spite of their alleged psychological usefulness for children that suffer from autism, ADD, or ADHD. In their case, it is said that the fidget spinners help them focus in the classroom. Of course, the debate is still ongoing whether the fidget spinners are indeed useful or not for children as an educational tool.

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